Love Asana - great for small teams if you need a "free" project management program
March 07, 2015

Love Asana - great for small teams if you need a "free" project management program

Lisa Marie Gonzales, Ed.D. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Asana

In my last role, a team of 14 of us used Asana to manage projects at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. We used it to keep in touch with project details, deadlines, and status updates. It addressed the need to have regular communication for professional development activities without ongoing meetings and excessive emails between team members. The expectation was that everyone would login daily and provide updates.
  • Organization - all tasks can exist in one location.
  • Communication - communication can be focused in one primary location.
  • Project management - multiple projects could be virtually managed simultaneously.
  • Time management - team members saved a considerable amount of time doing updates in Asana rather than elsewhere.
  • We used this with only small teams and in my current job, if we really shared it with multiple groups, the cost might be more than we could entertain in public education.
  • There is a learning curve, although how to videos and YouTube were a time saver!
  • There is an initial hurdle that staff needs to overcome, thinking this is "one more thing".
  • Stronger communication
  • Increased team efficiency
  • Real time updates
  • none
I have not found or used other products. When I was introduce to Asana by other school district leaders, and the small access version was free, we found it met a need we had and there was no reason to explore other options. I continue to share Asana with others in case they need similar project management programs and don't know what else is available.
I've found few free project management systems in public education that work for a small team to increase effectiveness and efficiency. Asana does just that. I'd recommend it for small groups and access to the free features seems to be plenty for a small organization. It is also accessible from smartphones and any computer, which is also a benefit to teams that are on the go.

Asana Feature Ratings

Task Management
Resource Management
Gantt Charts
Workflow Automation
Team Collaboration
Support for Agile Methodology
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Document Management
Email integration
Mobile Access
Timesheet Tracking
Change request and Case Management
Budget and Expense Management