Track Trello with Yoke

Yoke.io uses Trello APIs to report on key metrics such as the number of cards in a list within a board.

About the integration

Yoke uses OAuth1 and secure REST APIs to connect to Trello.

Card Types

You can track the following measures in your Trello account:

  • cards in a list within a board, optionally filtered by a due date
  • same as above but limited to cards where you are a member,
  • cards matching a Trello query,
  • recent card actions made by others,
  • notifications in your account.

Alerting logic

A machine learning algorithm figures out the regular update frequency for Trello items tracked in a Yoke card, and warns you if some items haven't been addressed in a while.

Slack integration

You can query your Trello cards from Slack using slash commands.

Automatic bookmarks in Chrome

The Yoke Auto-Bookmarks Extension turns the Trello "cards" picked up by your Yoke cards into bookmarks in Chrome.

Tips for Yoke users

Trello is great for planning and review. Yoke cards help focus on execution, by turning complex boards into simple to-do lists and activity feeds.

Shared boards

If your team uses Trello for project management, you can keep track of "recent cards actions made by others" to stay up-to-date. This is also useful for public/shared boards with useful information such as Trello resources.

Kanban boards

Kanban boards rely on the same cards moving down the lists from left to right. To maintain continuity, try to make the Trello cards self-sufficient in information. Track sub-tasks in each stage as separate checklists. Assign members to cards to clearly define ownership. Archive cards that don't require any additional action.

Example Yoke+Trello Kanban setup

Consider a simple board with three lists: Ready to Develop, In Progress, Ready to Deploy. In a software team setting,

  • the product manager can track all "Ready to Develop" cards,
  • the engineering manager can track all "In Progress" cards,
  • the operations manager can track the "Ready to Deploy" list,
  • developers can track "In Progress" cards assigned to them, and
  • IT ops members can track "Ready to Deploy" cards assigned to them.

Trello lets users assign labels to cards to mark exception statuses such as "Blocked" or "Ready for Review". Managers can also use Yoke cards based on a Trello search string to pick up such exception cards.

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