Productivity · Project management

Trello vs. Asana?


November 23rd, 2015

My team and I are looking for an amazing digital tool that will help us organize our creative/brainstorming sessions and I’ve known about Trello for a while now but have not actually used it. I’ve also heard great reviews on Asana as a project management tool. But before getting into it I was curious what were others experience using Trello/Asana. Pros/Cons? Which would you recommend & Why?

Steven Forth Co-Founder at TeamFit

November 23rd, 2015

For sharing and developing ideas we find Trello (or any other good kanban tool) to be excellent. For product development we use Jira. For projects we use Asana and we also run customer onboarding through Asana. For ideation Trello or another Kanban board. We use the following columns: New Ideas; Ideas Needing Clarification; In Next Release; In Future Release; Discarded. For products a tool like Jira. For projects (formal start and stop, clear deliverables, task management) Asana or Wrike or Basecamp (or any of a dozen others). 

Patrick Roch Founder & CEO at Roch Systems

November 23rd, 2015

None of the above - Thank you. After trying so many tools including Trello and Asana, Axosfot and PT. We settled withTaigaand our devs love this tool. I love it too... We even built an open source plugin to integrate Taiga with Sentry because we love it that much.

Grigory Bloch Experienced Technology Manager

November 25th, 2015

Trello is more on the free flow side, it allows to create mind maps, however, unless you are using plug ins it is very hard to make a plan to execute on.
Asana allows you define goals and pathways to get to where you want to go.
Also, I think a key aspect is integration and the type of teams that you will be using it with, that would affect my decisions as well.
I like the proposed usage that @Hugh Macfarlane offered.

Kristine Smith Owner, InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center

November 25th, 2015

Over the last month I have been using Asana and Meister Task.  I really like both. Still haven't finalized which one I will use with my team.  If you like to mind map I really recommend Mindmeister.   

Michael Burack

November 26th, 2015

As an older serial entrepreneur I am baffled by the various posts here. Is looking @ the Asana and Trello sites enough to learn how to use them or do I need to have a rep call on me?....I love this site....

DM Suja

November 25th, 2015

I've used Asana, its better. That is all.

Michael Nixon Managing Director at Tekna Structures LLC

November 23rd, 2015

As far as ASANA, I and my company have been users since the “beta test” days. This tool has been exceptional for our company and its organization. Our company workflow is arranged around “projects” - each production job has a separate job number and workflow. Since those workflows have been standardized (think ISO 9001) into procedures and approvals, a Blank Project template has been created that represents the baseline project. When each new production job is initiated, an instance of the Blank project is created by copying the template. When that project is completed, the job is archived. Highly recommended! As the owner of several software companies in the past, I can only pine nostalgically about how life would have been different if ASANA had been available then… Mike

Tim Yandel Empowering brands to communicate in a 1:1 economy

November 24th, 2015

I'm actually rolling this free tool out internally. Good fit for B2B:

Doug March Product Design & Engineering

November 23rd, 2015

I prefer the simplicity of

Ben Belser

November 23rd, 2015

Bill, as anyone will tell you, I'm batshit obsessed with project management tools, and I'm always trying to find the best one. The good news is that Asana and Trello are definitely two of the best solutions that exist: they're the most modern, the most ubiquitous when it comes to device support, and they're constantly being updated. They also look pretty, which matters.

Either Trello or Asana will work just fine for brainstorming. They both have the ability to list out ideas, to "heart" or like certain ideas (and vote on them), and to discuss things in comments. Asana also has a new "conversations" feature that allows you to discuss in long-form, almost like a chat or a forum, before actually adding things to your lists, though frankly I would just use Slack for that.

As a matter of fact, if all  you need is brainstorming, Slack will often do the trick (and is an amazing tool in other respects, so you should get it regardless). Slack allows the team to add "reactions" to every message, and you can favorite messages that relate to cool ideas. Slack also makes it super easy to access files associated with brainstorming sessions. If you do this, I'd just create a channel called #brainstorming or something similar.

I would say the main difference between Asana and Trello is that Trello is for very visual people. Each board has literal cards that you can move around on the screen and attach to lists. Frankly, I think that metaphor is outdated and I prefer a more efficient view of things, which is why I use Asana. Asana also does a better job at remembering every little change and edit that is made to an item or project, which helps me keep track of when things happen.

Trello, for what it's worth, has a brand-new Slack integration which actually allows all your chatter in Slack to be attached to cards in Trello, meaning you can link your messy conversations about brainstorming (Slack) to the actual action items you arrive at (Trello), all in the same view. It's pretty awesome and is making me very jealous of Trello users. But Asana is just too streamlined for me to leave, and it also integrates with Slack.

Hope this helps.