July 20, 2016

Trello scrum board labels

Trello Scrum LabelsTrello Scrum Labels

When you’re in charge of a team board, you usually get a chance to set the rules for your domain. I’ve struggled a bit with labels, since there’s a tendency to make them very specific. This is counter-productive because it becomes more difficult in active boards to group tasks via filters.

After a few projects, I’ve narrowed down my list of default labels to:

  • Feature
  • Urgent
  • Bug
  • Blocker
  • Improvement
  • FrontEnd
  • BackEnd

Although Trello sorts them by color, they are somewhat related to each other:

  1. Type of Task: Feature / Bug / Improvement. Shouldn’t be more than one. Labelling tasks correctly will help in sprint planning if you want to balance a release among the three kind of tasks, or if you want to focus in a specific one.

  2. Level of importance: Urgent / Blocker. Most tasks should have neither. Urgent is top-down red flag. Blocker is typically a bottom-up signal. Both of them at the same time… it’s a fire.

  3. Layer: FrontEnd / BackEnd. The separation is a bit arbitrary and it’s mostly to have an idea which team the task involves. It’s possible to also involve both, but shouldn’t be that common.

Remember: A task/card should not have more than three labels. If that’s the case you actually have more than 1 tasks, and should split them up for clarity.

Productivity Trello Scrum
July 19, 2016

The One Big Thing / 1-3-5 task list

I had forgotten where I had seen this tweet, and had been looking for it:

Not earth-shaterring, but powerful in its simplicity. I’m all over the place right now with my productivity organization, but have been gravitating towards Trello as my repository of tasks — with a post-it note with what needs to be done for each day.

As usual, I’m a sucker for some sort of framework… so will giving this a try for a few days. And of course, there’s an app for it.

Productivity
July 15, 2016

Palette and colors links

I usually hide my lack of fashion sense and design skills with simple greyscale colors — black is always the new black.

But for those times that you must add some colors, here are my kaleidoscope web tools:

Web Design Tools Links
July 14, 2016

A summer project: Colofón Podcast

Colofón ArtworkColofón Artwork

On Tuesday I published the first episode of Colofón — a new interview podcast in spanish about setups and general getting things done ness.

Since we stopped recording ñerds, I’ve felt a lack of geek creed. Or maybe it was a lack of geek creativity. Colofón is my attempt to get out of my comfort zone, both personally and ability wise, and create something during the summer slowdown.

Hope everyone subscribes and gives it a try1, I really enjoyed the first episode with Mauricio, and I’m excited about the ones lined up:


  1. Don’t worry if you understand spanish, it’s still a good listen.

Colophon Podcast
June 30, 2016

Last call for Evernote

Evernote announced this week more limitations to its Basic plan, and increased prices for Plus and Premium.

This was expected. Even with the annoying main screen customization restrictions, the Basic account provided little incentives for many to upgrade. The loss of OCR on the Plus plan ($3.99/month) stings a bit, since Premium goes up to $7.99/month.

I have a soft spot for Evernote. I started using it on Windows on my first job in 2004, and it was installed in all my computers (later devices) ever since. The feature creep made me try the Apple Notes last year — and I haven’t switched back.

At the same time, Google Keep continues to improve1. Its OCR is as good as Evernote ever was, and the design is cleaner.

Here’s hoping this is a one-two punch: price increase now, and after the noise dies down, and updated Desktop version with a simplified interface.


  1. I’d probably would have switched too Keep if Google provided a native Mac app, or at least a Desktop Safari extension.

Productivity Tool
June 28, 2016

I suffer from placebo effect with new productivity tools, but Tunnel Vision was noticeably useful today:

See your next available Trello tasks every time you open a new tab.

Currently only for Chrome, but a Safari beta is in the works.