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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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Gitlab

Gitlab is well suited if you're looking for a cheap git source control provider with decently priced CI. However, it does lock you into using their build machines - in contrast, GitHub plays a bit nicer with external build services like CircleCI and Travis. However, Gitlab provides a fairly decent set of features; it is catching up to GitHub in a variety of ways.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Asana
7.7
Gitlab
Task Management
Asana
9.1
Gitlab
Resource Management
Asana
7.8
Gitlab
Gantt Charts
Asana
6.5
Gitlab
Scheduling
Asana
8.6
Gitlab
Workflow Automation
Asana
7.6
Gitlab
Team Collaboration
Asana
9.0
Gitlab
Support for Agile Methodology
Asana
8.5
Gitlab
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Asana
8.5
Gitlab
Document Management
Asana
7.0
Gitlab
Email integration
Asana
7.1
Gitlab
Mobile Access
Asana
7.7
Gitlab
Timesheet Tracking
Asana
6.1
Gitlab
Change request and Case Management
Asana
8.4
Gitlab
Budget and Expense Management
Asana
6.7
Gitlab

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
Gitlab
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
Gitlab
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
Gitlab

Pros

  • Fast: Unlike other PM platforms I've used, Asana is very fast. In fact, it's so fast that when you leave a comment on a task, anyone else looking at that task at the same time will actually see updates as you type. You can easily move tasks into different projects by dragging and dropping. There is no lag time between opening new projects and tasks. Everything seems to load instantaneously.
  • Intuitive: Asana doesn't have a steep learning curve. The default view is list-based. Your team will have no problem learning how to add new tasks, use the WYSIWYG editor, or assign tasks. Use familiar commands like "@" to tag a follower on a task.
  • Keyboard shortcuts: The keyboard shortcuts are incredibly helpful. Simply press enter to enter a new task, tab+backspace to delete, use familiar copy/paste and undo commands, and much more. PMs with a lot to juggle will appreciate the shortcuts.
  • My Tasks: The "my tasks" view provides a single, centralized location for you to see everything on your plate. Use section headings and drag and drop tasks to re-order. I use this to prioritize my week. It helps me focus on what's really important.
  • Searchability: The search in Asana is intuitive. Our task backlog dates back three years, and I can still almost always find what I'm looking for via a simple keyword search. Projects are archived, not deleted, so I always feel like my historical information is safe.
  • Flexibility: Projects can be set up as a waterfall/list view or as kanban. This product should work well for teams with different styles.
  • Integrations: Asana integrates with everything. There's a great Slack integration, but my favorite is the Instagantt integration. Using Instagantt in tandem with asana is a super easy way to create attractive digital project calendars.
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  • Gitlab hosts your code and provides build servers all in one solution.
  • Pull requests and code reviews are all easy within Gitlab.
  • A viable alternative to using GitHub.
  • They keep adding features all the time.
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Cons

  • I personally have not found anything that I would recommend at this time. However, I have noticed that the older generation of employees struggle with its style where the computer savvy and younger generation thrive. I have no idea how Asana could overcome that obstacle.
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  • Interface and use can be overwhelming for new users: built-in tutorial or key highlights would be helpful to lessen the learning curve.
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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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Usability

Asana6.0
Based on 5 answers
This is the best task management App for teams I have used
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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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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Alternatives Considered

We also use Active Collab to track tasks and issue work tickets. I find this to be a much harder tool to use vs. Asana. It was not in the drop down menue above but its a tool we actively use and I can tell you its hard to find tickets once you have created them and assigned them unless you keep the link in an email. Asana is easy to locate all your tasks and due dates because of your personal dash and projects list. Active collab requires you to create too many levels for one task, the main ticket, then the tasks within the ticket which you have to individually create to be able to track each milestone, if there is no task assigned it doesnt appear in the designers list of things to do, which in turn creates issues and forgotten tasks. None of this is an issue with Asana.
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While they're separate services, both Gitlab and GitHub work as git repositories (version control) for collaborative, shareable work. They offer similar functionality, but with Gitlab, there's a continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline and project management tools. Gitlab is more suited to working concurrently on multiple projects in a small to mid-size company, especially when individuals with different security levels will be contributing / pulling code.
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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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Return on Investment

  • Asana has allowed our team to improve out ability to complete tasks in a timely manner so it has to have been a benefit. I really don't see it being a hinderance in any manner.
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  • We have been able to roll repository hosting, Docker registries and continuous delivery without taking on the costs of services like GitHub, Docker's public registry or Circle CI.
  • GitLab's integration with JIRA makes it easier for teams to move quickly controlling ticket flow through commit messages.
  • Managing GitLab through Docker containers makes updates take minutes instead of hours allowing engineers to focus on customer products.
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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.

Gitlab

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