How Plus tracks Spent and Estimate in Trello

Plus for Trello lets you assign and transfer card Spent, Estimate and Remaining time/points per user or globally. Users can easily enter time manually or with timers. Managers can view, compare and track progress with charts, burn-downs and reports.

Plus inserts Spend and Estimate elements inside the Trello card front:

With the "S/E bar" you may enter new estimates or spend per user, or use the "modify" link on the per-user report above. The "global" user (configurable from the Plus help pane) can be used to assign and later transfer global card estimates.

Spent / Estimate analogy with using a spreadsheet

There, you add add rows from top to bottom, and keep a running total for all time spent on the card.

Plus does the same, except the "rows" are entered inside Trello cards as special card comments (or as Google spreadsheet rows, when using stealth sync mode) and can track multiple users in many dimensions.

In the sample above the current Spent is 13, the sum of all spend history.

Plus uses the same concept for estimates. Enter a "first estimate" on the first row, then increase (positive) or decrease (negative) it in later rows as needed:

This gives much more information that just the previous "spent history" table because it shows a first estimate of 11, which was later increased by 2 hours and gives the timeline and the user that changed it.

Plus reports and charts shows these estimate changes per user, board, label, hashtag and pretty much any way you can by grouping and filtering.

Burn-downs let you visualize these changes and helps predict an end date (when Remaining will reach zero.)

Plus automatically fills the "Estimate" column as you type "Spent" or stop timers, calculating any Estimate increases needed (which you can overwrite before Entering). 

Note that in this example, rows go from oldest to newest while Trello displays card comments the other way around. To view S/E rows in any order, click "report" inside the card front, then sort the report by one or multiple columns.

Use the Plus "Card S/E bar" to add more rows, or directly modify the running totals using "Modify", which adds a row for you with the needed differences, positive or negative. Those using sync by "card comments" have a special card comment syntax which they can use to enter, modify or transfer S/E as a card comment from any device, including the official Trello app.

It is important to note that you cannot easily modify an already-entered individual row in Plus. Instead, you enter a new row with the needed differences in S/E. This system makes report S/E history fully traceable to who and when S/E modifications were made.

It is possible to force a "reset sync" in all sync modes to re-read all Trello data from card comments or from a Google spreadsheet, depending on your chosen sync mode.  It is also possible to force a "reset card sync" for only an individual card when using sync by "card comments". These methods allow you to modify the data if you must, but will also generate traceability because users will notes that you did a reset. See the Plus help pane utilities section for more.

Entering S/E data in Trello (Chrome Extension)

When using either our card "S/E bar", the "modify" or "transfer" links, or card timers, Plus creates the S/E "rows" inside Chrome.

Depending on the sync mode you choose, Plus stores these rows either inside Trello itself as card comments, or in a private Google spreadsheet that only you (or your team) has access through Google permissions. This method is useful if you share boards with your client and dont wish to share with them your S/E data.

Here is a sample of how those "rows" look in Trello when using the "Trello card comments" sync mode:

With card timers keep an always-on-top notification showing elapsed time. Minimize it and come back to the card with a single click, then let Plus enter the S/E row for you.

Transfer, Modify or enter S/E without Plus

You may use the Plus Chrome extension or direct card comments to modify S/E or transfer estimates. See more:

Use our built-in tour to show you step-by-step how to use these and more of our features.

Once your team has entered enough rows, you can start making useful charts, reports and burn-downs:

Spent and Remain

Pivot Spent by month

Burn-down Auto-Projected end date

Increased and reduced estimates per user

Card counts per list, stacked by user

Spent by week, stacked by user

And many more reports and chart possibilities!