Asana Review 2019

by | Feb 13, 2019 | Project Management, Small Business, Task management

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February, 2019

Task Management

Project Management

Business

Asana is one of the most popular project management tools around. But is it right for you? Let’s dig in and find out.

Asana has had huge growth, particularly over the last 5 years. Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, started Asana to help people be more productive.

Dustin is connected, so he’s raised a ton of money. That’s good, because it means Asana will be around for a long time.

Now thousands of teams are using it for project management and task management.

Is it the right tool for you?

 

Navigating Projects

Asana uses a view called Portfolios to show you all your projects in one place. The view provides a dashboard that can help you see what’s at risk, and what’s moving right along.

For teams that use traffic managers or have a focus on product this can provide a useful overview for quick reporting.

You can create personal and team projects, and invite people to join any project via email. It also has a nice project category feature that allows you to organize your personal life and business life in one place.

Planning projects comes via the Timeline view. It’s kind of a gantt chart, but not.

Portfolios are only available to business customers starting at $19.99 per user per month. Timelines are only available to Premium users starting at $9.99 per user per month.

 

Managing Tasks

Asana has simple task management with both list and kanban views. The good is that you have options. The bad is that you have to choose List or Board view at the start of your project. Kinda strange, considering people like to work in different ways with the same data.

Tasks have pretty typical commenting and file attachment features. Overall the function is similar to Trello for boards, and Zig for tasks.

Managing Teams

You can invite people to projects via email. Once someone is part of your team you can add them to other projects.

Asana has one of the most flexible approaches to team management, and does a pretty good job of developing the interface and workflow around individual users. More apps should think this way.

Pros and Cons

The good:

  • Simple, clean interface
  • List and kanban views
  • Personal todo view and dashboard 
  • Pretty flexible team management
  • Well funded
  • Lots of integrations

The no-so-good:

  • Expensive for the advanced features
  • Hard to see competing resources across projects
  • No gantt chart
  • No resource planning for larger teams (as of this writing)

 

 

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