Asana: post-email application for project managers? Are we ready for this?

What would we project managers do without email? Ever think about that? So much happens in email today. Yet there is always a better tomorrow.

Asana is a new breed of applications or should I call service or tool that is trying to change the way we work.  It is co-founded by Dustin Moskovitz, the co-founder of Facebook. They are striving to create a modern way to work together, an application that connects everyone, makes priorities visible and makes each one understand what needs to be done. Sounds very cool.

Just look at it’s features, it has all the components that a project team would need. Multiple workspaces, people views, task follow ups, real time changes and  activity feeds for each task. For a virtual team, these are very valuable features.

It is more suited to an agile type of project, but could be used on any project that uses other traditional methodologies. I love that you can add comments under each task. In many applications and tools, there is a generic discussion board which rarely gets used. By linking the comments to the particular task, the contextual setting of the comments makes it such a valuable feature. Just like in Facebook, does that surprise you?

In the video that explains how Asana could be used for project management, they recommend that we put the estimates for the task in the header of the tasks, I thought that was such a cool idea. You can even use it on your iPhone or Android phones.

Try it out on your next project, it might surprise you. It is free for teams of up to 30 members, what a great deal. You can sign up here.

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One Response to Asana: post-email application for project managers? Are we ready for this?

  1. Dan says:

    I would recommend checking out Gtdagenda.com for an online GTD manager.

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote, and also comes with mobile-web version, and Android and iPhone apps.

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