Published by admin on 26 Sep 2013
Asana is the self-proclaimed “modern way to work.” It is a collaborative productivity game changer and super task tracker. Gone are the days when you need to pick up the phone, send an email, or open an IM application for every communication. Asana allows for interdepartmental task management and productivity tracking. A creative can send a trouble ticket to someone in IT. Someone in IT can send send a request for a poster design illustrating IT workflow to the design department and managers can access staff to-do lists in real time.
The basic premise of Asana is that anyone can assign a task to anyone else that they are connected with. This means that team leaders can designate tasks to their team but the team can also designate tasks to the team leader. This creates a more parallel and collaborative work environment where both staff and management are able to see the full scale of a project. With custom workflows Asana one-ups most other task management platforms. Accountability is no longer simply measured as “task completed” but by the ability of each participant to see every step of the larger work flow as it happens.
Every team can customize workflows to bring tasks that have multiple stages of work and multiple participants together under one task. Not only does this allow for fewer items (zero inbox, anyone?) but it also allows for everyone on the team to go back through the conversation and history surrounding a more complex task. This means more productive meetings (and fewer meetings) because details have already been handled through conversations on Asana, so the team can focus on big picture items instead of the mundane.
Asana implementation is not for the faint of heart. Our team continues to find new and innovative ways to increase our efficiency in Asana (e.g. keyboard shortcuts.) Getting your whole team on board will take some convincing, but if you can do it you will save the time and frustration that occur when people miss forgotten deadlines, ask repetitive questions, or lose track of document changes. Asana turns task management from a chore into a vibrant conversation. Start the conversation with your team at www.asana.com
If you and your team implement Asana we’d love to hear about any tips or tricks you uncover.