For organizations with few resources or widely dispersed members, collaboration is often limited by the weakest link in the chain. Trello is a free online service that makes it much easier to keep track of who needs to do what, resources they need, deadlines, notes, and more. Its no-frills visual design is actually a strong feature, keeping you focused on tasks and notes. Here's how to get started with Trello:
Create a free Trello account. (You can sign in using your Google account if you'd like.)
You start out with a Welcome Board that's full of cards that are designed to show you the basics of Trello. They're organized into three lists: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Clicking any card shows you notes and attachments, which can include task lists, links, and files.
Start your own Board by clicking "Boards" at the top right and then "New Board." You're asked to supply a title and an organization.
Your initial Board has three lists: "To Do," "Doing," and "Done." Click any list to add a card to it. You can drag a user from the right to assign any card to that person.
Click on a card to add comments, attachments, or labels. You can also vote on it, which is great for questions, ideas, or tasks that need consensus.
It's easy to move cards from one list to another--just drag and drop.
Add new members on the right. If they're on Trello, use their username; if not, just use their e-mail address and an invitation will be sent automatically.
That's the basics. There's a lot here, and for many organizations, Trello can make workflow go much more smoothly.