How to setup Trello to better manage your sprints

It’s no secret that Trello is an awesome tool for keeping track of all sorts of things, including your team’s progress during a sprint. With a few free Chrome plug-ins you can get even more value from your boards by enabling you to track sprint points and group your stories together as epics.

Why Bother?

Tracking sprints with stock Trello can be a bit messy and hard to follow. There is not standard way of tracking sprint points and the labels for grouping cards together leave a lot to be desired.

Stock Trello is a little bland when it comes to tracking sprints
Stock Trello is a little bland when it comes to tracking sprints

Tracking sprint points is a great way to track the absolute progress of a sprint, but tracking the estimated points and actual consumed points allows you to see if your team is correctly estimating the difficulty of each task.

Tracking both consumed and estimated gives you a better idea of how much your team tends to under or over estimates tasks. By feeding this back to the team they can iterate and improve their ability to estimate how many points a task will take, giving everyone a more realistic overview of what can be achieved in a sprint.

Scrum for Trello

Scrum for Trello enables you to track sprint points on your Trello cards by adding special text to the name of a card. You can add the number of estimated sprint points a task has by adding the number of points in parenthases to the beginning of the card name. Likewise you can track the number of consumed sprint points in square brackets to the end of the card to see how many points the task actually took.

Sounds like a bit too much effort? Not to worry, when you go to edit the name of a card the extension automatically provides buttons for you to select the estimated and consumed points.

Scrum For Trello allows you to enter the amount of estimated and consumed points that a task has when you edit the name of the task
Scrum For Trello allows you to enter the amount of estimated and consumed points that a task has when you edit the name of the task

Now that you’ve entered all the points on your cards you can get an overview of your sprint at any time with the totals that the extension provides you.

Scrum for Trello provides totals of the consumed and estimated points for each card, list and for the whole board
Scrum for Trello provides totals of the consumed and estimated points for each card, list and for the whole board

Card Colour Titles for Trello

Most of the time when you’re running sprints, tasks will be grouped together as part of a larger feature or epic. Trello lets you label cards with a name and colour to help group them, but by default the label just shows up as a coloured strip along the top of the card.

Trello card labels let you group cards together with a coloured label and a label name
Trello card labels let you group cards together with a coloured label and a label name
... But label names don't appear on cards by default, which means you have a lot of colours to memorise!
… But label names don’t appear on cards by default, which means you have a lot of colours to memorise!

Card Colour Titles for Trello solves this problem by simply putting the label names onto the front of the card so you can see what the label is at a glance.

Finished! Now we have a great overview of which tasks belong together and how the sprint points are tracking
Finished! Now we have a great overview of which tasks belong together and how the sprint points are tracking

With these two plugins you can enhance Trello to be a fantastic sprint tracking tool which will help you stay ont op of all your sprint tasks and help your team better estimate their sprint points in the future.


As a side note there is also a great plugin called Agile SCRUM for Trello boards which adds support for estimated and consumed points, as well as task labelling. It also gives you nice progress bars as the background for cards and lists.

It looks great but in my opinion feels a little too small and cluttered, as well as lacking support for providing the total number of estimated and consumed points for the entire board. I also don’t like that it makes you write labels as part of the card name instead of using Trello’s built in labelling.

Agile SCRUM for Trello
Agile SCRUM for Trello
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2 thoughts on “How to setup Trello to better manage your sprints

  1. We used Trello for our mobile app development at work. Life couldn’t have been easier, especially when you have an external company doing the heavy lifting for you. I found it pretty useful as a communication tool.

    Was wondering when your next post was coming. Hope things are well in your neck of the woods.

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