About a year ago, we started building a scrum-like burndown tool for Trello to help us manage our own projects. After a few months of work, we made it so that anyone could sign up for the free burndown charts for Trello.We thought that a decent number of people would find it useful, but we didn’t count on it growing as fast as it did! We started getting a lot of requests for additional features. Since we were busy releasing Hive for Xbox 360, it was hard to find time to add new things. Our solution was to create a paid account, so we can spend more time on this project which it seems there is a huge demand for.
We want to do-right by our existing free users, so here are the basics:
- The free account will remain free and will have all of the features it has today.
- Anyone who signed up before the paid account was created is an “Early Adopter” and is eligible for a perpetual discount on the paid version (look for Early Adopter in the dropdown that lets you pick a plan).
- The name is now “Burndown for Trello”. We were told by someone at Trello that ‘Trello Burndown’ might create trademark issues.
- The app is no longer just in a folder on BlueLine’s site… it’s at its own domain now: http://BurndownForTrello.com
- All requests are now sent over https, so your company’s data is always encrypted.
We’ll be adding more and more to the paid account, but here are the main reasons to upgrade:
- Support us! More paid accounts == more time for us to make new features!
- Automatic daily updates of stats – even if you don’t visit the site in a given day, if you have a paid account we’ll pull the data from the Trello API for each board and store the stats. Until now, if you didn’t view a board in a specific day, then the next time you view that board, we just extrapolated (averaged) the data across all of the missing days.
- All new features will be added to the paid accounts. Free users get the app as it is now (with only minor upgrades, like site redesigns, bug fixes and global changes like adding https). All of the big stuff coming up is paid-only.
- MORE SOON! – We’ve had a ton of suggestions, and we’re hoping to add many cool features. Next up, we’re hoping to let you put your estimates in the titles of Trello cards, so you don’t have to visit Burndown for Trello to update your estimates.
- Update: March 8th, 2013 – we just finished & rolled out integration with the “Scrum for Trello” Chrome extension. This means that you can put estimates in the titles of the cards in parentheses like this: (2) whether you have the extension or not. If you do this, Burndown for Trello will automatically pull in the estimate. This was hands-down our most requested feature up to this point.
If you want to get all of the new features as we add them, head over to Burndown for Trello and click on the upgrade button!