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Likelihood to Recommend

Asana

Asana functions particularly well in scenarios with well-established teams with well-established processes and a mature SDLC. The reason is that Asana can be configured to do many, many different things, and be used in many, many different ways, and with that power comes a lot of responsibility to figure out your process before you try and automate it. It's software, not magic.
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CA Agile Central

Rally is a great tool for large teams with very good experience in the agile world. It's not well-suited for those little, get-things-done teams, since managing the whole platform becomes really a job by itself. Teams generally might have to consider having a dedicated member in the team to manage and administrate the tool and facilitate communicate with all team members regarding tasks flow and updates. If your team is active, that will generate a lot of noise in the landing page making it hard to focus on one aspect.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Asana
7.8
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Task Management
Asana
9.1
CA Agile Central
Resource Management
Asana
7.8
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Gantt Charts
Asana
6.5
CA Agile Central
Scheduling
Asana
8.5
CA Agile Central
Workflow Automation
Asana
7.5
CA Agile Central
Team Collaboration
Asana
9.0
CA Agile Central
Support for Agile Methodology
Asana
8.5
CA Agile Central
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Asana
8.5
CA Agile Central
Document Management
Asana
6.8
CA Agile Central
Email integration
Asana
7.4
CA Agile Central
Mobile Access
Asana
7.8
CA Agile Central
Timesheet Tracking
Asana
6.1
CA Agile Central
Change request and Case Management
Asana
8.4
CA Agile Central
Budget and Expense Management
Asana
7.0
CA Agile Central

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
CA Agile Central
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
CA Agile Central
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
CA Agile Central

Pros

  • Task management is all but flawless in Asana. Almost everything about the drag n' drop interface is perfectly suited for the assignment and timely completion of lots and lots of tasks and sub-tasks. Asana helped us launch a company record of 323 websites in a single month by streamlining our workflow to eliminate work-related "meta" like trying to figure out who was doing what, what should we do next by priority, and on and on. While Asana may have a great many minor flaws, task management and project management are not among them. I don't think anyone does it better, and it is hard to imagine anyone ever being able to.
  • Keyboard shortcuts. For old-school keyboard junkies like me, there is nothing better or more time-saving than being able to use the tab key to complete common functions quickly. As a long-time sufferer of repetitive stress injury from heavy mouse use, the less I need to rely on that mouse, the better. Just don't hit Tab+B. And don't ask.
  • Tags are especially helpful at organizing and finding groups of tasks. We use tags for almost everything: grouping projects by client company, grouping tasks by department, grouping photo shoots by state, matching prerequisite tasks to their counterparts. With tags, you can customize almost anything in Asana far beyond their probable intended uses.
  • e-mail straight to an Asana project... I can't tell you how much time this saves us being able to just send a client e-mail straight to Asana and have it create a task for you in the appropriate project that you can quickly assign out. You might think, "why not just forward the e-mail straight to the person you're assigning it to?" Well, for starters, in our company they are more likely to be looking at Asana at any given moment than their e-mail client. Second, if it goes to their e-mail address, who else do you copy on it? If it goes to Asana it is public for everyone in the workspace to see and comment on, re-assign to themselves if that person is not in the office that day, or whatever. If it goes in Asana it gets done, but if it goes to someone's e-mail and no one else sees it, the task will probably linger awhile.
  • Support is always respectful, thoughtful and on-target. While they don't necessarily have the resources to provide the same response times as other companies, the response you do get from Asana will usually not disappoint. Even if I know that I may not see a resolution to my issues immediately, at least with Asana I feel confident that I am being heard and that a fix is on the horizon somewhere. I get a sense that Asana's support team genuinely cares about their customers, and that goes a long, long way with me. I have been thanked no less than four times in a single e-mail from Asana support. They are just good people who manage to make YOU feel good about using their product.
  • There are more things Asana does well, and I probably can't really even list them all. The web-based cloud app is very fast, in many cases instantaneous, and we have anywhere from a thousand to two thousand projects with probably hundreds of thousands of tasks. It shouldn't be as fast as it is by any means, but they manage to satisfy somehow. They have a decent mobile app as well, though it is more suited to individual tasks and is of little use to me as a manager overseeing all of them. There are features we don't even use, like Harvest time tracking and several "Hacks". There is just a lot of stuff here.
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  • Agile
  • DevOps
  • Planning
  • Tracking
  • Action
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Cons

  • This is not an improvement for Asana, but I wish there was a way to make team members held accountable when they do not actively participate on Asana and we do not know if they've accomplished their tasks or not if they have not logged in.
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  • Traditional Agile metrics like sprint velocity and burndown are built in, but still challenging to get metrics beyond these.
  • Not an inexpensive solution.
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Likelihood to Renew

Asana10.0
Based on 32 answers
Big fan of Asana. There are many free tools out there so difficult to take on more cost when we have free tools we can use
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CA Agile Central9.0
Based on 4 answers
Assuming we were paying - right now my group gets it for free as the broader engineering organization pays for it. There would be switching costs. There would be pretty minimal data migration, but the biggest cost is getting people to learn a new tool and starting off on the right footing. Evaluation and identification of the right product is a big part of switching too
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Usability

Asana6.0
Based on 5 answers
This is the best task management App for teams I have used
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CA Agile Central9.0
Based on 3 answers
Great UI, recent refresh was terrific. Great graphs and metrics, inline editing for updates, and a multitude of views on sprint progress make for a great team collaboration experience. There is also an active community and forums so that if you do need help, it is readily available
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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CA Agile Central10.0
Based on 1 answer
Don’t recall ever being unavailable.
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Performance

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No answers yet
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CA Agile Central7.0
Based on 1 answer
The screens render relatively quickly but many actions that you would expect to require a single click require multiple clicks and pop-up windows. The extra windows and clicks make the product feel ponderous.
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Support

Asana8.3
Based on 2 answers
They don't fix everything, but they have certainly gone the extra mile for us. When we were frustrated with a recent change that altered our default view of every project, changing it from all projects being visible to just incomplete projects being visible, they wrote a custom script to change all of our default views back for us, so we didn't have to manually click 3,000 times (we have over a thousand projects).
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CA Agile Central8.0
Based on 2 answers
Get peace of mind for an entire year with the premiere support. Receive one year of unlimited personal one-on-one online training sessions and software support from Rally experts via online chat, phone or in-store. Answer Desk experts will keep my software performing at its best, eliminate bugs, and get me the answers I need, fast all year long. It connects me with friendly and knowledgeable Answer Techs who know Rally software better than anyone.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
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CA Agile Central7.0
Based on 1 answer
It more or less confirmed that we are using it the way they had in mind. We were hoping for a epiphany in terms of how we could use it better.

They also want to be a go to source for agile processes and have an online resource center. It’s not that great but had a couple of nuggets. It hasn’t really helped us too much and we are not too far off from the classical interpretation of agile.

I would recommend training, in particular for organizations that multiple on-going projects. The product seems optimized for larger, more complex teams and getting proper training on how to configure, administer and use the system would be beneficial
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Implementation

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No answers yet
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CA Agile Central8.0
Based on 2 answers
Implementation of RALLY services and program satisfaction among various group,... 1) Dev Outcomes: How were our resiliencies, development, learning & practitioners “make them do the work,” but that they ask you to do it “in a way like before.2) The Ops group: Just wish to make sure any change won't break current production envirementsAll the stake holders has to be on the same page
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Alternatives Considered

Asana was developed with a very specific function in mind. Assigning and tracking tasks and projects. It does this very very well and doesn't really do a whole lot yes, which is perfectly fine. The only alternatives I could think of would be some sort of Dropbox or Google Drive document keeping track of task assignment. While, this might work, it's definitely not as feature-packed as Asana. And you'll still use either Dropbox or Google Drive for document collaboration.
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I've also evaluated the following agile solutions: ActiveCollab, Agile Bench, Agilo for Scrum, Atlassian JIRA, Pivotal Tracker, SpringGround, Targetprocess. Telerik Teamprocess, VersionOne, ZebraPlan etc.If it’s time to transition to software that’s specific to your Agile needs, check out some of these options for your team’s communication, reporting, and assessment requirements. Once you find a better tool set, your projects will be within the deadline.
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Scalability

Asana8.2
Based on 1 answer
I used this tool on a daily basis at work and it runs as a solid rock
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No answers yet
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Return on Investment

  • Allows us to keep on top of grants and sponsorships that we might otherwise miss and keeps track of our answers, comments, and files from one year to the next.
  • Allows us to see when we need to report to the government and makes sure we don't accumulate any late fees.
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  • We were able to increase our release cadence from one major release every 12-18 months to one release to production every 3-5 weeks, depending on product set.
  • Over many quarters - and ultimately years - of use, we were able to plan for seasonal spikes in support and new feature delivery based on known throughput from previous time periods. No spreadsheets!
  • Using the inherent status visibility of CA Agile Central, we gained anywhere from 2-10 hours of time per user by eliminating meetings, status check calls and user-generated weekly status updates.
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Pricing Details

Asana

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
8.33*
1.  per user per month
Additional Pricing Details
Asana is always free for teams of up to 15 people.

CA Agile Central

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details