Trello is awesome for everything

The other week, I was introduced to Trello for the first time by this tweet and I fell in love.

Basically, Nick uses Trello to gauge what people would like to hear about. Later on when trying to figure out how to best organize the Microsoft Connect items about SQLPS, it occurred to me that Trello would be the perfect solution. And it is.

The SQLPS Trello board worked out so well, that when the topic of getting overdue some improvements into SSMS was brought up, Microsoft suggested that setting up another board for SQL Server Management Studio might work well too.

If you use either of these products, I strongly suggest you join us and give Microsoft your feedback. They actively participate on both boards which is just amazing.

To add to the fun, I created a PowerShell module to help easily tally the votes for any Trello board, and I put it in the PowerShell Gallery. To install and run, just run

Install-Module TrelloVoteCount

This gives you 3 functions
– Get-SqlPsVote
– Get-TrelloVoteCount
– Get-SsmsVote

Get-SqlPsVote shows the tally from the SQLPS Trello board in a GridView. Get-SsmsVote shows the votes from the SSMS board and Get-TrelloVoteCount is a generic function that works with any public board. Here’s the one from Nick’s board:

Get-TrelloVoteCount -Id 0zgQjktX


Or, if you’re into it, check out an overview video:

In addition to community stuff, I’m also using Trello to help me sort out the design of my own module, dbatools.

So if you’re into community involvement or PowerShell module design, give Trello a shot. It’s my favorite new thing.

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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