When Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook, and Justin Rosenstein, an alum of both Facebook and Google got together to create a tool to manage software projects they built Asana. It’s not just another ordinary todo list app or bug tracker, Asana is a new approach to managing tasks and projects.
Asana feels like I’m working with a low-friction smart piece of paper
Harrison Schoff, Design Engineer, Airbnb
Asana is backed by a great team and is well funded. We’ve seen huge improvements in the past year or so since using it ourselves for lean agile project management.
Asana & Lean Agile Project Management:
Asana is light weight and easy-to-use. Although it doesn’t have all of the agile/ scrum features of Pivotal Tracker or Jira, it makes up for it with utter simplicity. We easily create product backlogs, assign team members (everyone using one project), keep discussions in one place, include relevant links and documentation, and track bugs with priorities.
Here’s a summary of how it’s used at Aericon for lean agile project management.
We start with the basic project planning and define the project goals, milestones, and (deliverable) release schedules. We’re able to quickly organize this top level planning using Asana’s easy drag and drop functionality and keyboard shortcuts to create the Product Backlog.
We then move to more detailed planning and organize the releases into Sprints based on effort and time to complete, again drag and drop. New tasks are added to the Product Backlog and assigned to a Sprint accordingly by the project manager.
We add relevant team members with the click of a button. You can add team members on the project as Task Assignees and anyone who needs to stay in the loop as Followers.
You can also invite guests with a couple of clicks such as clients and contractors.
Asana organizes all of the tasks assigned to you in “My Tasks”. You can update, comment, or mark any task as complete via email too.
Build a custom taxonomy within Asana for easy searching using their simple tagging feature. This is especially useful for tagging builds or releases.
Tracking bugs is done quickly with Asana in the same way and you can assign priorities (urgency) to know what to focus on first.
Asana also has awesome mobile apps for you to use. Oh yes, did I mention it’s free? You can upgrade to a paid plan as well once your company grows beyond the 30 team member limit.
Finally, I find myself further convinced when I see other techies and industry leaders adopting tools I’m considering. Asana is used by: Dropbox, Uber, Pinterest, Aericon, Stripe, Airbnb, Disqus, and Foursquare.
Here’s a great video from the folks at Asana on how it’s used for project management:
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