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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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MindManager

MindManager is best suited to make a picture tell a thousand words especially in front of large groups. I don't have trouble finding appropriate uses for this software in every conceiveable scenario. It is a sandbox that with enough imagination can be used to streamline nearly any scenario.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Asana
7.7
MindManager
6.8
Task Management
Asana
9.1
MindManager
7.0
Resource Management
Asana
7.8
MindManager
6.4
Gantt Charts
Asana
6.5
MindManager
5.9
Scheduling
Asana
8.6
MindManager
6.3
Workflow Automation
Asana
7.6
MindManager
6.6
Team Collaboration
Asana
9.0
MindManager
8.1
Support for Agile Methodology
Asana
8.5
MindManager
9.1
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Asana
8.5
MindManager
9.1
Document Management
Asana
7.0
MindManager
5.9
Email integration
Asana
7.1
MindManager
5.9
Mobile Access
Asana
7.7
MindManager
8.0
Timesheet Tracking
Asana
6.1
MindManager
7.0
Change request and Case Management
Asana
8.4
MindManager
3.9
Budget and Expense Management
Asana
6.7
MindManager
5.6

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
MindManager
2.7
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
MindManager
4.0
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
MindManager
1.0
Quotes/estimates
Asana
MindManager
3.0

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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  • MindManager allows me to plead my case for more resources, show when there is scope creep, illustrate how complex a topic is, or to present high-level documentation that can be expanded to give the most granular steps/details.
  • MindManager can be leveraged to take the detailed notes of an analyst inside the basic visual overview that upper management cares about.
  • MindManager can export all the diagrams you build into HTML maps that will contain all the documents, images, graphics, and structure created in the tool. This eliminates the requirement of a proprietary tool needed by the recipient of the mind map to see your exports. Anyone can see the maps in the same way you built them.
  • MindManager is excellent in purveying complex scenarios in easy to understand diagrams.
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Cons

  • Little complex UX for beginners
  • Site is a little heavy to load
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  • Gantt Charts could be more customisable and easier to use. It doesn't always display as intended and some manipulation can be required.
  • More advanced features can be a little fiddly (but this may be more related to the user).
  • Cannot Save as PDF currently so printing to PDF is required. Not a major issue but a deficiency.
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Likelihood to Renew

Asana10.0
Based on 32 answers
Asana is adding more useful features and it makes the work of their entire team more organized and more efficient. It really helps us in achieving greater achievements as a team. It helps us to earn more revenue since we have more satisfied clients, simply because we are able to finish their project on time or even before the due date.
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MindManager10.0
Based on 18 answers
I like the product. It is easy to use and a big plus in meetings where we are gathering thoughts and ideas
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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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MindManager8.2
Based on 4 answers
One of the best software programs ever. Always my go-to program for most things.
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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MindManager9.1
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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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MindManager9.1
Based on 3 answers
It is excellent! We always had our problems solved thanks to their help in short time.
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Alternatives Considered

Asana is a much more seamless process, much more intuitive, and better UI. My complaint with Basecamp is that it does not seem well organized - the interface is not as intuitive and in the past, it has overwhelmed my former teammates. To the point where they do not actively login to Basecamp at all
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I have experimented with multiple products over the years including open source applications, web-based applications, mobile devices and a range of trial software. I don't bother anymore and while MindManager meets my requirements, I don't see any need to stray from my 'go to' application. The fact that I don't need to think about how to use the application while I'm 'thinking' is important as it allows me to be in the creative and open zone. The last thing I need is the focus to be on the application and not the matter at hand.
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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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MindManager9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Return on Investment

  • While an ROI study on something like this is rarely done, I'd go with a success/failure comparison. Every project I've used Asana on has been successful (and yes, all other factors were the same). Nearly EVERY project using old tools such as excel, MS project, powerpoint reporting has failed, missed deadlines, mis-communicated scope and task management.
  • From an engineering perspective, developers and managers love it because there's clear visibility into what needs to be done and what is being done and by whom. Getting developers and managers to agree on almost anything is difficult and Asana accomplishes this.
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  • Allows me to quickly create sitemaps for websites
  • Increased productivity in meetings (quickly take notes and make changes)
  • Export in multiple formats for various application and sharing needs
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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.

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MindManager

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

MindManager More Information