Asana is a cloud-based project management and team collaboration software. Founded by Facebook co-founder, Dustin Moskowitz, Asana is one of the most popular and well-funded startups in the world. Their project management software is not only suitable for large enterprises but also small and medium businesses. Let’s review Asana in detail
Asana Review, Pricing, Features, Pros & Cons
Here’s our Asana review, list of its features and its pricing plans
Asana is a web-based project management software – you can use it from a browser, there are no desktop software, but there are mobile apps for iOS & Android. On sign up, everyone in your team will get an Asana account. The Admin user can set up projects and teams and add users to each of them as required.
Each project has a task list, each task can have sub tasks, assignee, due date, attachments, comments and tags. This helps everyone on your team be on the same page.
It provides a simple and efficient user interface that makes it easy to view all your work in one place. The screen is divided into 3 panels – left panel has a list of teams, projects & workspaces, the middle panel shows the details of what you select on the left and the right panel can be used to drill-down into whatever you’re seeing in the main window.
It’s a responsive UI that collapses parts of the screen on smaller displays.
The key idea is to display all your work on one screen without using too many tabs or windows.
However, it requires an admin to determine how to use Asana for your organization, otherwise it has a high learning curve. It’s possible to get lost among the plethora of features. On the other hand, once you get used to it, Asana can be extremely powerful.
Asana offers everything you can imagine in a project management software such as :
- Task Management
- Automatic notifications
- Project Reports
- Collaboration Tools
- Mobile App
- Document management & sharing
- Communication tools (message board, comments, tags, email, etc)
- Kanban boards
- Third party integrations with Dropbox, Slack, Google Drive, Box
However, it misses the little details within many of its core features. For example, it doesn’t include Gantt charts so you can’t see project dependencies. This is available in many other project management tools. It also doesn’t have an in-built live chat feature to message your colleagues.
Asana offers a free plan for up to 15 users with basic features such as all task management tools with unlimited projects & tasks. This can be useful for most small businesses. However, it only provides a basic project dashboard to track project progress.
Asana Premium plan costs $11.99 per user per month. Small teams (<15 users) can $7.50 per user month, to unlock advanced features.
Asana Pros & Cons
- Easy to use interface
- Lots of features
- Generous free-tier
- Flexible task management
- Flexibility means users need to input lot of things to create tasks
- Steep learning curve
- Missing tiny, low-level capabilities within high-level core features
Asana has tons of features to handle large teams and complex projects but misses the little things required for small and medium business, such as swimlanes in Kanban boards and live chat features. Our Asana review gave us an impression that you need an admin to set the direction of this tool for your company, otherwise it can be an uphill task. Its free package is quite attractive but if you’re a small business, then there are better free alternatives such as Trello.