Cyber Quick Tip – Asana

Speaking of team work (in case you missed the reference to the Lone Ranger and Tonto), Asana is a web and mobile application designed to enable teamwork without email. It was founded by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and former engineer Justin Rosenstein, both of whom worked on improving employee productivity.

Asana is billed as a teamwork communication manager. The product supports many features, including workspaces, projects, tasks, tags, notes, comments, and an inbox that organizes and updates information in real-time. The product is designed to enable individuals and teams to plan and manage their projects and tasks without email. The structure is logically hierarchical. Each team has a workspace; Workspaces contain projects; Projects contain tasks.

In each task, users can add notes, comments, attachments, and tags. Users can follow projects and tasks, and, when the state of a project or task changes, followers get updates about the changes in their inboxes.

In May 2013, Asana launched Organizations, which enables the product to scale for large organizations. The launch of Organizations brought more enterprise functionality, including an Asana Team Browser, a unified view of a person’s My Tasks and inbox, employee auto-join and IT administration capabilities related to provisioning and permissions.

Asana is free for teams of up to 15 people. Asana Premium plans are paid versions of the product for larger teams or entire organizations. Pricing is tiered based on the number of people within the team or organization.