I am a really big fan of Trello as you can see here by how often I have blogged about Trello.
There is a new contender for my affections. CASUAL is a project management app that I learned about this past week.
Here is where you can find out more about how it works. LINK TO CASUAL
The only negative thing I have seen so far is that there isn't a free account. However, the pricing is modest, and there is a 'Spectator' role that could let staff see what needs to be done. A Spectator can see the whole project and leave comments without being able to update or edit.
Here are some screenshots of Casual.
So how does Casual PM compare to Trello? I took the 14 day free trial to answer that question. Here's what I found by trying to do the things I have done in Trello.
Both apps have these features:
[+T] = advantage Trello
[+C] = advantage Casual
Overall, the two systems are pretty evenly matched. It comes down to how you would weight the differences. And there is no reason to settle on one or the other. Each may work best for certain issues.
For me Trello is more similar to how I think about organizing projects. It is like a combination of Post-It Notes and spreadsheets.
Casual is like a Pert Chart of your tasks only easier. And probably more intuitive.
My experimenting with nesting of Task Groups gave me results that I couldn’t control. I think there must be an ideal approach that I haven’t discovered yet. My hunch is that you have to work bottom-up rather than top-down, which is the opposite of how I think about project components.
Whereas the Project Board in Trello shows your task lists, which I think correspond very well to project phases, in Casual you see floating, but connected cards, one of which might be the phase in question.
I am inclined to invest $50 or so to see what I can build, and if I can create something to rival the Trello-PM system that I published last year. The organization of the work will have to be re-thought. I suspect that I will make heavy use of the Task Note area in Casual to list out the task details.
You on the other hand ought to at least check out Casual and see if it fills a need. Like Trello, you can plan anything with it.