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How can you structure your engineering team to ship more with less stress?

There’s a lot that happens in the background of great products—experiences are designed, roadmaps are planned, backlogs are built, code is written, bugs are caught and fixed. However, engineers don’t just follow the leader. They identify problems and invent solutions to make sure everything works when it needs to. At any given time, you’ll find a developer fixing bugs and sprinting toward a deadline to ship an all-important product update.

Without good team communication, clear goals and priorities, and an up-to-date roadmap, workloads can quickly become chaotic for engineering teams. Miscommunicated priorities turn sprints into fire drills, or worse, all-nighters (not to mention those dreaded all-dayers for night owls). Developers need to be agile; there’s no time to be aggravated at yet another last-minute request for “a quick change” to the plan.

Enter Trello. From setting sprint tasks to running efficient retrospectives, collaborating on bug fixes to celebrating product deployments, there’s a Trello board to help with every aspect of an engineer’s day (or night):

  • Stand-ups become less stressful when structured with a visual, agile workflow built from a collaborative product roadmap—both of which can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
  • Teams keep their progress up-to-date for stakeholders because a status update is as simple as dragging a card to the “Shipped” list.
  • Documentation and repositories are easily organized with integrations like Github and Bitbucket, ensuring everyone is working off the latest version.

Make it a priority to give that messy whiteboard backlog a digital upgrade, and customize these Engineering Boards (all used right here at Trello) so your team can sit back and relax at your next stand-up!

Agile Development

Develop an agile workflow that keeps your team of developers on task and under deadline.

  • Keep all code, specs, documentation, and user research easily accessible in one location.
  • Collaborate seamlessly (even asynchronously) with engineering and product teams right in the workflow itself.
  • Manage and prioritize the product backlog with stakeholders and product managers.
  • Easily share what’s shipped and what’s up next with stakeholders simply by moving cards from list to list.
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Bug Tracking

Resolve bugs as they arrive to keep your code running and problem-free.

  • Organize incoming bug reports from your team (even your whole company) in one place.
  • Track bugs from incoming to development to QA to release.
  • Create a formal process for reporting and reproducing bugs, then prioritize based on severity with labels.
  • Assign tasks and see at a glance what work is getting done, using it to inform stakeholders like Support Teams and Product Managers.
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Site Reliability

Manage and maintain systems-related improvements, architecture, and development.

  • Establish long-term goals and priorities required to maintain site reliability.
  • Track incoming issues that need immediate attention and delegate tasks to team members.
  • In a glance, see what has been tested, merged, and deployed into production.
  • Connect Jira and Bitbucket to easily access the issue or pull request relevant to each card.
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Product Roadmap

Track product development and feature requests with fellow developers, C-suite stakeholders, and product owners, all in one place.

  • Prioritize feature requests for upcoming sprints and create a transparent development process that keeps all decisions, documentation, and deadlines visible.
  • Organize user research and customer feedback on each feature card for quick reference.
  • Establish development and design requirements for implementation, and lay out steps involved on card checklists.
  • Add story points to cards for more effective sprint planning, or take advantage of dozens of other project management Power-Ups.
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Sprint Retrospectives

Replace whiteboards and spreadsheets with Trello boards for more informative and accessible team retrospectives.

  • Remove roadblocks with regularly-held retrospectives after each sprint.
  • Create an open and encouraging environment that puts introverts and extroverts on the same level.
  • Celebrate what went well, what needs improvement, and any action items required to improve communication and collaboration.
  • Keep distributed engineering teams in sync by removing geographic barriers with a Trello board that’s accessible anywhere.
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GitHub

  • Easily access pull requests, commits, and issues by attaching them to cards from repositories associated with your boards and projects.
  • Access important information like pull request branches, commit descriptions, assignees, and comments directly in Trello.
  • In a glance, see which cards have not passed their checks and prevent commits with errors from getting merged.
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Zendesk

  • Sync with Support when bugs and issues arise by attaching Zendesk tickets to cards.
  • Prioritize incoming bugs and feature requests by seeing in a glance which cards have the most tickets attached.
  • Access relevant tickets directly from Trello cards to understand issues and customer pain points without having to dig through irrelevant information.
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Custom Fields

  • Formalize bug reports with specified fields for operating system, browser type, version, and more.
  • Easily add story points and time estimates to planned features with dropdown lists.
  • Add multiple due dates to cards to mark the progression of project phases.
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Screenful

  • Visually track and create reports for sprints and releases without leaving Trello.
  • Manage sprint progress and stay on schedule by tracking open, in progress, and completed tasks with burndown charts.
  • Identify bottlenecks and redistribute resources to maintain progress with completed task trends.
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Marker

  • In seconds, capture and attach screenshots to Trello cards.
  • Annotate screenshots to highlight and correct typos, errors, and image issues.
  • Automatically pull in technical browser specifications from the screenshots source for accurate bug reports.
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Blog Posts To Engineer Success

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