Collaborative Task Management / ToDo List

“But I thought YOU did the backups …”
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Many people work collaboratively while never trained to do so. Collaborative task management — who does what, who does how much, what are the next steps, etc. usually becomes a nightmare. Working in an interdisciplinary, multinational EU project I can only say that a good tool would have helped. We tried using a Wiki (at least internally), but that didn’t cut it.

I talked to a colleague of mine about it and, having the same problem, she searched around to at least coordinate the work tasks within her workgroup. She recommended Asana. Looking at the video:

it really looks like the kind of tool we could have used — and should have used. Seems to do exactly what is needed and on multiple devices …

If you work in a team, perhaps Asana is something for you …

9 Comments

  1. Wow – looks like a great tool. Thanks for getting this on my radar – might have to consider it for the collaborative writing project I’m working on!

  2. Hoi Rebecca,

    thank you for the comment — I hope the program helps. Usually people are placed on these projects without knowing these helpful tools, so I hope this will make work easier for some πŸ™‚

    All the best

    Daniel

  3. This is very nice, good interface, not too complext. So how do they make any money providing a free online applications

  4. Hoi Clyde,

    good question — and a very important one, next to ‘where will my data be if the company crashes?’. I had a quick look — there’s a rant in the customer questions section and (strangely hidden) a pricing page. Judging by the info, apparently “Asana is free for up to 30 users in a workspace”.

    How they make money? Apparently they plan to finance themselves via income via large groups (> 30 users) while the basic services are free. Whether this works out long-term (when the start capital is gone), we’ll see.

    All the best

    Daniel

  5. Thanks for the tip. It’s always good to compare offers and see which one suits you(r project team) best. Although I’m a bit skeptical when improved security costs extra.

  6. Asana is a good option but to manage tasks and to dos for your team or your project, I would consider RowShare. RowShare exposes a wide range of templates as Team Action plan, a kind of collaborative to-dos. You can customize it to match perfectly your expectations. Just have a look, I’m sure RowShare can be useful for you!
    I feel I need to let you know that I work for the company that develops RowShare. I just wrote an article that gives you an idea of how it can help for team task management:
    https://www.rowshare.com/blog/en/2016/04/04/How-to-manage-your-collaborative-action-plan

    I know it’s been a while since you asked the question. But since I just found this page, others will follow, so I try my luck.

  7. Hoi,

    thank you for the comment. No problem with recommending something you have developed or work for — it would be rather strange if you did not. Then again, I feel the same when I talk about OC (which I rarely do outside this blog). In any case I totally I agree it’s a conflict of interest but everything’s fine if this is explicitly mentioned. So that feeling led to the right choice. πŸ™‚

    Best regards

    Daniel

  8. Thank you Daniel! Really appreciate your comment and feedback.
    Regards
    Guilhem

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