Notes for those using Spent and Estimates inside Trello card titles

This page is for those using extensions that put Spent/Estimate in card titles.


With "Plus for Trello" you set card "spent" and "estimate" per user or globally, use timers and keep complete progress history. View rich reports, charts and burn-downs and many other features.


"Plus" does not put S/E in card titles by default, but it does recognize S/E from card titles and checklist items. You may keep renaming cards, or use the Plus card bar (or card comments directly) to Estimate and Spent at the user or "global" level. The card comments can be made with any browser or mobile by using a special keyword you configure in Plus. Add "spent" or "estimate" for yourself or other team users and configure multiple teams if needed.


This "card comments" sync mode is recommended because it syncs faster and is compatible with the mobile apps and other non-Chrome browsers.


Plus also supports a "Stealth" sync configuration which does not use card comments, and also supports a legacy "Google spreadsheet sync" method that renames card titles to update total S/E inside the title (because that's how Plus initially worked years ago). Both of those sync methods are based on using a Google spreadsheet to store all S/E.


Configuration
Go to Plus help Preferences and make sure "Accept the Scrum for Trello format." is checked. This lets you see your title S/E/Points in cards and boards. This setting helps you transition to "Plus" or use both system together.

The main concept to keep in mind is that systems like "Scrum for Trello" use card titles to store Spent/Estimate/Points. Plus for Trello supports that and also a more complete system using card comments (or Google sheets) to keep track of S/E changes with traceability for accountability.
Thus, there are two types of S/E: "Card title S/E" and "Plus S/E".


Note that "Card title S/E" only shows in Trello boards, it does not show in Reports.


Once you enter Plus S/E on a card with "card title S/E", Plus will by default only show the "Plus S/E" in Trello boards because it takes precedence over "card title S/E".
Use Board Dimensions to control what to view (points, S/E or a mix.)


If you want card title S/E to show in Plus reports, enter S/E from the “S/E card” bar or as card comments. If you had a card "(3) my card [2]", you should enter S:2, E:3 for the user that has the remaining work assigned, or to a "global" user.

You may also use multiple keywords instead of card titles to store your points (for example using a keyword called "points!" and another called "hours!"), this way you can see points in reports.


After a week of using Plus you will have enough data to visualize history, make meaningful reports and board burn-downs.


enjoy!