When To Use Asana (and When Not To)

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I really like using Asana for project and task management.

I think it was the second or third project management (PM) application that I heard about outside of the corporate world.

I investigated Basecamp first because it is a more popular app at least at the time

(The most common in the corporate environment is a Microsoft Project. Some people love it and some people hate it… I’m somewhere in between.  Unless you’re in a corporate environment, a spreadsheet should be able to work for managing a project. The template is free – you just need to enter your email address.)

To backtrack a little, I investigated Basecamp first because it is a more popular app at least at the time. The upside is that it was the most field-tested p.m. app out there for long time (and maybe that’s still the case)… But it also came at a price.

Literally.

Base camp has a monthly fee, starting at $20 per month. They do allow project team members to use the software I no charge but someone has to pay the licensing fee. They do have a 60 day free trial to let you check it out.

The bottom line is if you’re bootstrapping, if you’re just getting started, or if your company is not making money yet a monthly fee it’s your bottom line every month.

It’s also pretty hard to put a direct ROI on project management. A lot of companies without a robust p.m. Methodology treat project management as overhead.

Let’s move on…

Asana

The tagline explains it all.

Teamwork without email. Asana puts conversations & tasks together, so you can get more done with less effort.

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Here are some of my other thoughts on Asana…

Maybe Asana isn’t for you… Like maybe you don’t have a team yet.That’s okay you can still benefit a lot by writing your projects out and dividing them into tasks.Here is a link to a basic project plan template. You just need to enter your email address (if you haven’t subscribed already).

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