In this series I will review the different project management software I am currently using, which are Trello, Basecamp, Asana and Teamwork. In this post I will review Asana.
Asana is a simple project management software created by Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein (who also co-founded Facebook). There is a limited free version of the software for teams up to 15 and premium versions from $21/month to $750 month.
The image above shows you the project overview in Asana. As you can see, the software is really easy to use because there isn’t that much you can do.
Once you go inside a project, it will look like the image above: List of tasks, conversations, calendar, progress and files. Everything associated with that project.
The status can be changed at any time by clicking the red, yellow or red circle and adding a comment. A great feature is the “remind me to update the status every Friday”. I also like the progress chart that shows tasks remaining and tasks completed. A great way to get an overview of the progress.
The calendar shows task due-dates. You can also add tasks by clicking on a specific date.
Like the software, the mobile app has a really clean design and is really easy to use. They have the same structure and layout, so if you can use the desktop version and you are familiar with a smartphone, you can use the mobile app. The app is available on both AppStore and Google play.
What I like about Asana
- Easy to use.
- Great design.
- Email updates.
- Progress chart.
- Integrations (you can e.g. add harvest for time tracking or instagantt for gantt charts)
What I don’t like about Asana
- I haven’t really found anything that I don’t like (I have to admit, I haven’t used this software as much as the other three I’m reviewing). If I have to come up with something, it would be that I would like to see the integrations (e.g. time tracking and gantt charts) as part of Asana from the beginning and not as integrations.
Should you use Asana?
I really like the look and feel of Asana and I don’t really have anything negative to say about the software. However, personally I don’t think I would buy it, because:
- If you’re looking for more advance and low-level features, I think there’s better software for that.
- If you’re looking for less advance and more high-level features, there’s more affordable software out there.
- Posted by Andreas Westerlund
- On November 11, 2015