Asana : Blazingly Fast Task Management
Andrew Makar | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 16, 2014

Asana : Blazingly Fast Task Management

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I have helped organizations and entrepreneurs implement Asana as a case management and personal productivity tool.
In some smaller companies, everyone uses the tool to help with collaboration, task management and actual ownership of key activities.
The transparency Asana provides is particularly helpful as you can see where specific tasks rank within assigned resources.

Since Asana allows you to maintain your own personal task list and collaborate with other team members, it is a useful tool for collaboration across distributed teams.
  • Asana is a blazingly fast collaborative task list that supports multiple projects. Multiple team members can generate and prioritize tasks for the same project in real-time. Individual task lists are generated from the assigned tasks across multiple projects, and each team member prioritizes the work. Comments, notes, and file sharing are integrated into the application to enable collaboration at a task level.
  • A practical application of Asana is applying it to Information Technology Security and Controls or Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audits. These types of assessment typically involve a checklist that require supporting documentation. Using Asana, the entire project team can respond with the appropriate evidence to complete an audit checklist. In large scale system implementations, it isn't uncommon to have a detailed 200 line task list to launch a new system. Asana is a great tool for this type of task-list checkbox project management.
  • Asana is a useful "punch list" or "task list" tool. If you are doing "Pick A Date" project management, it is an excellent solution. However, for large projects that need to identify task dependencies, the critical path, forecasting or Gantt chart type reporting, this is not the tool for your team. LiquidPlanner would be a much better solution for these requirements.
  • Based on stakeholder feedback, Asana has been an effective way to help them organize their business. It has become a critical tool for their task management and scaling their business processes across the team.
  • Trello,LiquidPlanner,Mindjet Tasks
Asana has its proper place in task management. There are better tools that provide similar functionality but the decision depends heavily on the actual requirements. If you own a small business or a start up, Asana is excellent. If you are an enterprise level organization, you'll want to map the requirements to the key features and functionality. Considering Asana is a free product with a paid model as you grow, it is an excellent offering to the project management community.
I am using Asana at the free level tier and have applied it to my own task tracking and planning. My other stakeholders who have implemented Asana would rate the renew question much higher as it is critical to their business. That being said, I am a bigger fan of LiquidPlanner (paid) and Trello (free).
What are the project management reporting and process requirements?
Are project baselines required?