Trello 101

This page covers the basics of Trello terminology.

Along with the information contained here, we suggest checking out our Getting Started Guide and our webinars.


Teams are the top-level organizational unit for Trello. You can think of a team as a folder—boards and members go inside of the team. Your Enterprise upgrade is per-team (team boards inherit the Enterprise status from the board they live in). We recommend adding your colleagues to your teams as team members.

Depending on your company’s size, teams can either encompass your entire company (one team for the whole company), or can encompass groups within your organization (one team for your marketing group, one team for your sales group, etc.). The best fit will depend on how your company is organized—your account manager can walk you through what options are available.

To see the teams that you’re a member of, go to The teams will be listed at the top of the page. Upgraded teams will have a suitcase icon next to them.


Boards are the main way that people use Trello. A board will have a collection of lists, and those lists will have cards. Boards can be inside of a team or not in any team at all—in which case we recommend moving them to an Enterprise team to use the Enterprise features.

We recommend using a single board to track an ongoing project. For example, if you’re planning a conference, a single board can be used to hold all of the information about the ongoing planning over time. More info is here.

Boards can be private (visible only to people explicitly invited to the board), team-visible (visible to everyone in a team), or public (visible to everyone who visits the URL).

If you’re looking for inspiration and suggestions as to how to set up your boards, we suggest checking out our Inspiring Boards page.


Lists are the vertical columns on your Trello board. Lists hold cards, and can be moved between boards. We suggest using lists to represent a status—for example, “getting started,” “waiting on client confirmation,” and “done.” More info is here.


Cards hold information in Trello. Cards live in lists on boards. You can assign members to cards to indicate responsibility, add labels to track which cards are related, and move cards between lists in order to track their progress. If Trello is a whiteboard with post-its, the cards are the post-it notes.


Power-Ups are paid add-ons to your boards. They’re a way of bringing third-party tools into Trello. If you have a development team, they can build their own (with our developers and developer advocate available to answer questions and provide guidance).

You can see a list of our Power-Ups here and learn how to enable them on your boards here (these are maintained and supported by third parties).

If there’s a particular Power-Up in which you’re interested, ask your technical account manager, and they can provide more information on it.

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