Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Asana?, part of Learning Asana (2014).
Asana is an online project management tool. But what does it actually do for you and your projects? The fastest way to answer that question, is by taking a tour of the product's highlights. In Asana you can keep all of your projects, tasks and work conversations, in one place. Here on the left side of the screen, you can see all of your favorite things. Projects that you work on all the time. Maybe team members whose tasks you supervise. You can see the teams you belong to, and the projects that those teams work on.
Then, if you want to look at one of your projects, you just click it in the left pane, and its task list shows up on the right side of the screen. If you want to see what's happening, head over to the left pane and click inbox, and that brings up all the activity on the tasks that you're following. You can see changes that people make to those tasks, comments that they've added or even tasks that they've assigned to you. Then, when you're ready to roll up your sleeves and get some work done, go back over to the left pane and click My Tasks.
And now you see, all of the tasks that you're working on. And you can prioritize them, to tasks that you want to work on today, tasks that you have on deck for the next couple of days or even tasks that you want to just put off until later. You can look at tasks in different ways. For example, if you want to see tasks by due date, thay'll show them in the order that they're due. Then, when you're ready to check out task details, we'll head back over to the project, find the task that you're interested in, and on the right side of the screen, click the right pointing arrow.
And then you see the details pane, which has all the ins and outs of that particular task, who it's assigned to, if it's due on a particular day. You can also see the activity and the changes that have been made or comments that have been added. So you can just read the conversation about that task. If you want to look for specific information, head back to the very top left of the screen, to the search box. You can search for anything you want, in your organization.
Let's say, you want to find the tasks that need review. If you start to type the tag, needs review it'll find it for you and then when you click that task, it shows all of the tasks with that tag assigned. In short, Asana helps you and your colleagues collaborate on projects and get things done.