Using Trello for tracking and working Business Plan

A handy online tool that I have used for managing projects and To Do lists is Trello.  I first started using Trello on a software development team about four years ago.  Trello was integrated into the team’s usage of Scrum, which is an Agile approach to project management in the Information Technology field.  Our project team used 2-3 week “sprints” or time-blocks for managing short-term To Do lists and task assignments within a framework of long-term company goals and project priorities.

In that context, I was one of several users on a Trello team.  So Trello can be used for team collaboration, including teams where members may be working in different locations or remotely from main office.  I have also read that some couples have used Trello to plan their wedding.

In addition to team collaboration, I have also used Trello for tracking personal To Do lists, goals and tasks, including home remodeling projects.  When we remodeled our kitchen, Trello was a valuable tool for planning and keeping track of ideas, tasks, contractors, web links, documents and images.

I recently took a Business Planning course over the winter season.  A Business Plan and the writing and planning process itself suggests a variety of goals and To Do lists.  Now that I have written plan, I spent time reviewing my business plan again, this time making notes regarding goals, tasks and priorities.  From there, I was able to put that information into Trello to help track all these items.

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Local Entrepreneurs Graduate: Business Planning Course in Rutland

I recently took a 10-week Business Planning course that was sponsored by the Rutland Economic Development Corp. (REDC) and CWE Vermont (Center for Women & Enterprise), based in Burlington.  The course was open to Rutland area residents who wanted help developing their Business Plan for their existing business or new startup idea.  CWE Vermont also welcomed men entrepreneurs like myself to attend course (Thanks!).

The course was held at REDC in downtown Rutland.  The “local instructor” was Hannah Abrams of Business Coach VT, based in Killington.  Hannah was a great instructor and helped us toward our goal of developing our business plans!  For one class session, Gwen Pokalo, Director of CWE Vermont taught our class about the important “financial” topic.  CWE Vermont offers many business related workshops at their Burlington location.  In this case, this course was a “community” course offered in another region of Vermont.

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Try Trinket.io for animated Python event promo (Mint Makerspace Grand Opening)

For this weekend’s MINT Makerspace Grand Opening event I put together an animated promo / poster on trinket.io website.  The viewer can see the Python program code side-by-side with the logos being drawn for The Mint Makerspace and Rutland Mini Maker Faire logos (joint event).  For some Mint-y “eye candy”:

https://trinket.io/python/fcc92aa58d

Trinket.io provides Python coding capability in a browser, so there is no need to install Python on laptop or PC.  Trinket also has capability for HTML coding and simple music composition in browser.  Trinket.io also has tutorials for Python and HTML.  Python trinkets can also be viewed on tablets and smartphones.  So you can learn to code or read Python code from your phone!  Python is a popular coding language and is used on the Raspberry Pi computer.  If you are involved in a Makerspace community, Python is a handy language to learn.

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Grand Opening: The Mint, Rutland’s Makerspace, Mini Maker Faire, August 12, 2017

Please join us for the Grand Opening of The MINT, Rutland’s Makerspace and the Rutland Mini Maker Faire on August 12th from noon-5pm with our ribbon cutting at 3pm.

The MINT is a collaborative workshop and learning space with shared tools and equipment for anyone who wants to make things. In The MINT we’ll be doing tool demos, tours of the Makerspace and our equipment, and offering conversations with some of our creative makers all day. Light refreshments will be served. At the Mini Maker Faire, learn to solder, fly a drone, make a scribblebot and see robots pop balloons with lasers. Come celebrate the vital creative making community in Rutland at this special event.

The Mint, Rutland’s Makerspace | 112 Quality Lane, Rutland, VT | 802-772-7087

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