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

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:


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 PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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