Asana: a project management tool

Asana: a project management tool

Asana is one of the most popular project management tools, being used by a myriad of large companies1. It offers a simple and intuitive interface that allows teams to easily allocate tasks to members, manage deadlines, and much more.

Creating an example project

We make a few example tasks (here using the Board view):

As you can see in the picture, we are able to assign a collaborator to each task, a priority (such as Low or High), a status (such as On track, At risk), and we can put these tasks in categories we create. In this example, the categories are To do, Doing, Done.

We can then see those tasks as a list:

..or as a timeline:

This makes it easy for team members to visualize deadlines, and understand the overall status of the project.

The built-in messaging system allows team members to communicate about tasks
Sub-tasks can be created, each with their own deadline and collaborators.
Project status updates can be seen and commented on in the « Progress » tab.

Closing remarks

These features, along with many others we haven’t touched here, allow for efficient management of the different facets of a project. Team members are more productive and work together more easily when roles and responsibilities are well-defined, and when the place of each small task within the bigger picture is made clear.



Erik Shea


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