Gantt charts for Trello is another reporting category with some very popular Power-Ups, including some of the oldest and most installed 3rd party power-ups in the whole Trello ecosystem. Most of these Power-Ups have a free tier but most of them also require some heavy lifting from you to get everything set up initially (I don't know why they don't integrate with the Trello start date field, but they don't!). Let's take a look :)
Planyway integrates with Trello and Jira, it’s one of the most installed Power-Ups for Trello thanks to it’s free tier. It brings everything you would expect from a Gantt chart tool like resource planning and project roadmaps. It also has time tracking built in, for more details on that see Planyway in our Time Tracking charts section.
Planyway Gantt charts (they call it the timeline view) looks very nice and automatically adds your Cards from Trello with their due dates as the end dates in the timeline. You can add dependencies and assign and change dates on Cards from within the Planyway views. However, it doesn’t use the Trello start dates so if you have populated those you will need to re-enter them in Planyway, and if you start adding them in Planyway there is the chance people could get confused as to what the ‘correct’ start date is. This is because the start date tracked in Planyway is not linked in anyway to the one in Trello. Dependencies are added by editing each card, it is a shame not to be able to Drag and Drop to add those. The timeline view can be grouped in a few different ways, by Member, List, Label or Board. Depending on how you use Trello some of these may be of more or less use than others. Grouping by Member should make sense in most instances. Assuming you use Labels to break up your projects (ie into individual sub-projects) then grouping by Label will work well. That is until you add more Labels in (ie what happens when you have labels for ‘urgent’, ‘bug’ or ‘VIP’ etc.). The other options make less sense for how I see most people using Trello.
Checklists from your Cards also appear in Planyway and can be completed there.
Planyway has a free tier for one user, then is priced at $6/user monthly for their paid plans.
Another VERY popular power-up with a free tier. The free tier here gives you a bit more than you get in Planyway but you will need to move to their highest tier to get time tracking and estimating. One thing to note is that you will need to create a (free) account on their site to be able to use TeamGantt in Trello. Most of the other Gantt charts tested either didn’t require this or did it for you behind the scenes. This can be an indicator that a Power-Up hasn’t been updated in a while (Trello made it easier for Power-Up developers to avoid having to make people create their own accounts some time ago)
Most of the power of TeamGantt is accessed outside of Trello, but you can view the Gantt chart directly from your Trello Boards. It is easy to drag and drop to rearrange your project, add dependencies and adjust start and end dates. Unlike Planyway adjusting the start/end date updates both the start date and the due date in Trello. However, TeamGantt doesn’t pick up your initial Start and Due dates so you will need to set those up again in the tool. Assignments are also recorded separately in TeamGantt so none of your assigned members show up assigned to the tasks and you will have to both set all the assignments up again in TeamGantt and secondly will need to keep those in sync manually going forward. Most likely this will work for you if you just want to handle assignments in TeamGantt and ignore adding them in Trello. Adding dependencies is done through drag and drop on the timeline view so it should be easy to set up all that data. The way the data is grouped makes more sense for a Gantt chart than does Planyway although there is less flexibility here.
TeamGantt has no visibility of checklist items from Trello within their charts, possibly again showing the Power-Up hasn't been updated for some time.
In general I would say this is the better Gantt chart implementation than Planyway, but some rough edges remain in how you have to double enter data between Trello and TeamGantt. We also had an issue syncing the data from Trello on initial set up. We were told we didn't have permission to create a project so the data couldn’t be automatically synced from Trello. However, once we opened TeamGantt in Trello it let us enable auto syncing. This looks to be an issue in how cookies are handled for Power-Ups running within Trello and suggests (along with the need for double data entry) that TeamGantt aren’t as committed to their Trello integration as you might hope.
TeamGantt has a free tier for up to 3 users with some limitations on it. Pricing then steps up to $24/month per user, with unlimited guests.
Big Picture took a bit of work to get working initially. None of the easy onboarding of many of the other options here and for some reason none of our Cards showed up initially. Some clicking around in the settings area seemed to resolve that though. However, it did not require a new username/password as with TeamGantt.
TeamGantt is another Gantt Power-Up that integrates with the Trello due dates but not the start dates. Grouping options are similar to Planyway but with no grouping by member option. Grouping by Label may work if you are very prescriptive in how your team uses Labels. The other options (they have due date grouping which Planyway didn’t have) make less sense in my experience. There is also no visibility of checklist items from Trello within the BigPicture Gantt chart.
There are some controls in their interface for moving tasks up/down and indenting them. I couldn’t get them to work from within Trello. This seemed to be because I couldn’t select the tasks to make use of the buttons, but not clear how you would select them. Possibly this is something which works when using the tool outside of Trello.
On the plus side BigPicture is currently free, but given that their other add-ons for Jira are all paid, this may not last forever.
Placker has a few different capabilities. If all you want is a Gantt chart it’s other features may just be added confusion. If however you like the other capabilities it adds you may find you get better value here than with the other Gantt options.
Placker can show your Boards in the typical Trello layout but instead of grouping cards by List they can be grouped by Member/Label/etc (although not Custom fields). You can then Drag and Drop between those lists to change the assignments in Trello. This can be a nice way to see live Board data grouped in a familiar way but broken down not just by list.
All the charts are accessed outside of Trello which was common for older Power-Ups but most have now migrated to displaying the charts within Trello. This can be a slightly jarring experience, but has the benefit of making the reports shareable by sending someone the URL for the Placker website.
Not so relevant to this guide is the other features Placker brings (but worth mentioning if you are evaluating this vs other Gantt options). They have Card mirroring, dependencies, time tracking and their own set of fields for tracking/reporting if cards are started, in progress etc. If Placker is a good fit for your reporting requirements you may find they have some other useful features you can make use of. However, because it tries to do so much it can appear a bit confusing and the additional features may just serve to complicate things.
Placker's pricing is also probably the most confusing. It starts at $14.98 for 2 members, then increases at $7.49/member. Their Pro and Enterprise plans start at $24.98 and $44.98 respectively.