April 8, 2019
A popular project management software service with plenty of features, third-party integrations, and clean interface.
Asana is one of the more ‘fashionable' choices for project management these days, and for good reason. It offers a clean modern interface, and key features such as task dependencies, customizable task fields, a timeline view for understanding how the project is progressing, and easy integration with third-party tools you're already using.
One issue new users may come across is that Asana doesn't appear to have time tracking built-in. Instead, it provides this with an app called Harvest, which is automatically added to every profile but is not active by default – meaning administrators or users will have to turn it on. Pricing can also be problematic, as there don't appear to be any significant discounts for larger teams in the lower pricing tiers.
Excellent, modern interface design
Ideal for mid-sized teams that can't afford premium tier service
Timeline view shows the current state of project tasks
What is Asana?
Asana is a well regarded name in project management software. The company is entering its second decade, having been founded in 2008 by Dustin Moskovitz (of Facebook fame) and Justin Rosenstein.
To differentiate itself from competitors like Jira, Asana calls itself a “work management” platform. Asana is very functional with its web app for desktop, and mobile apps for tablets and phones. It also has a large number of integrations with third-party services, including Slack, Office 365, and Google Calendar. On top of that, Asana offers an attractive and functional interface, as well as helpful timeline views for tasks that allow users to see the current state of the project at a glance.
In This Guide:
Asana Video Overview – See It In Action
This video from the company provides a brief overview of how Asana works, its focus on managing projects via tasks, and what the service looks like.
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