We were really interested to hear the news last week that Atlassian, the enterprise software company that develops tools for developers, project managers and content managers, had picked up project management tool Trello in their latest shopping spree.

As users of both JIRA, Atlassian’s flagship formal process management tool, and Trello, a lower level but more flexible project management tool for small businesses and consumers alike, this move obviously interests us here at Intrepid, not least because of what it means for process management.

Our ethos is ‘freedom through efficiency’, and we are focused on developing best in class services that use the most effective software to deliver. Atlassian said "JIRA tools excel at work that benefits from a well-defined, traceable, and repeatable process, whilst Confluence is great for teams creating and collaborating on documents and rich content. Trello perfectly fills a gap between the structured workflows of JIRA and the free-form collaboration of Confluence and will give teams the option to find the right Atlassian tool for the type of work they need to complete."

At Intrepid we have already made this link and are using Trello in the gap between the structured processes of JIRA and the free form collaboration space of Confluence content.

Atlassian don’t believe there is currently much overlap between users of the three systems and think that users will ‘scroll through’ the project framework according to business or process maturity* and need. Or even perhaps use them concurrently - Trello provides a fast and flexible business process prototyping functionality whereas JIRA Core is a more structured and robust business process implementation tool. So you may choose to create a quick and dirty business process in Trello and iterate on it until the desired level of process maturity is achieved before porting it to JIRA Core to take advantage of the workflow automation, approvals and accountability that a more advanced enterprise level tool can provide.

Our thoughts are that if the acquisition can enable easier porting of business processes between the two tools then it's a win for anyone in this space. We’ll be keeping a close eye on developments in the future.

*watch this space for more thoughts on the different stages of the business process maturity model and what it means for your business.