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Asana vs ProductPlan: What are the differences?

Developers describe Asana as "The easiest way for teams to track their work". Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work. From tasks and projects to conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish--and get results. Available at and on iOS & Android. On the other hand, ProductPlan is detailed as "Visual product roadmap and IT roadmap software". Communicate your strategy with cloud-based roadmap software. Easily visualize, prioritize, and share your company’s product and dev roadmap. Integrates with JIRA, Pivotal Tracker, Team Services, and Slack.

Asana and ProductPlan belong to "Project Management" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Asana are:

  • Updated in real-time
  • Multiple workspaces
  • People views

On the other hand, ProductPlan provides the following key features:

  • Web-based visual roadmaps
  • Grouping into themes
  • Flexible calendar
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I am managing a medium-sized team (15-20 people) who are geographically dispersed. Our team works in privacy, security, data governance, and compliance, but we DO NOT develop software. So, our choices boil down to Jira, Azure DevOps Boards, and Asana.

We are looking for a tool that:

  1. Is user-friendly for non-technicians and easy for us to self-administer.
  2. Permits us to automate common workflows.
  3. Allows us to classify work across multiple dimensions.
  4. Permits cross-functional visibility across work teams to identify potential points of collaboration and historical work projects.
  5. Enables management visibility to see where we may be overtaxed or under-resourced or whether the time is spent on the right priorities.
  6. Enables engagement/task assignments to people who are not necessarily on our team (i.e., I need someone in HR to do "X") - preferably without their needing to be fully licensed.
  7. Makes it easier for everyone to understand how their work connects to the broader team's big-picture goals.
  8. Enables easy integration with other common workplace tools.

Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

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Parikshit Tiwari
Software Engineer at Blend Labs · | 4 upvotes · 7.2K views

JIRA is the clear choice for you based on your use case. JIRA has been around for more than 15 years and they defintly are pioneer in this field. JIRA will perfectly match up with your use cases (data governance compliance, etc.). JIRA can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. You can choose one of the starter templates or build a custom transition with a dedicated workflow for each. If done correctly, even though the first step takes time, it makes life much easier for everyone in the end. I don't work for JIRA just a big fan!

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Carl Ishii
Sr. Designer at The Electric Company · | 3 upvotes · 8.4K views

This is what I know:

1 - User Friendly is relative to what background you are coming from. I am not familiar with Azure. It sounds like you may be the Project Manager. I have used both Jira and Asana. I think Jira feels and looks more simple. Jira is more Project and software-dev oriented. Asana is more general, not to say it isn't designed to handle a development project. I think your decision is going to come down to: *Who is currently using what? *How is it going to be to get the individual outliers to adopt a new management style? Some will adapt and some will refuse. 2 - I believe they all have a level of automation 3 - I know Asana will let you tag and prioritize. Jira will allow you to prioritize, tag, make teams, and separate the projects by teams if you like. 4 - Again you can create teams and you can control the team visibility to projects. 5 - I know Jira will allow you to create a human resource with a burndown. 6 - Jira can assign tasks, projects, etc. to individual team members. 7 - With Jira comes Confluence. Here you can keep lots of support documentation. They have lots of templates that can be used as well. 8 - Jira does allow a lot of integration. It is designed for Product and Project management of HR and Software. If software devs didn't see a robust integration feature they would be very disappointed.

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Anthony Close
CEO at Lab Me Analytics · | 5 upvotes · 9.6K views
Needs advice

Looking to replace Slack and Jira with something simpler, cost-effective, and easy on the eyes (makes management easier visually).

JIRA is great but not fun to use visually and hard to report with. Not easy just to look at quickly and go, "Okay, I know where we are."

Slack is fantastic for chat/comms but useless when it comes to threads and making to-do lists, and knowing where we are in that list.

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Anca Onuta


I used and Asana, but not Quip. I think is more visual than Asana. And my recommendation is to check their templates and videos for your industry, they have very good materials that can get you started. And then you can use a bot to keep the track of your daily progress: * bot for Slack - you can create tasks directly from Slack, or get notifications. or * for Discord - it is a daily standup bot that integrates with, so every morning you can see in Discord the list of your tasks from and plan your day, and Orli shares it with the team and keeps everything up to date. So you don't need get distracted by getting on and do some other things. And what's cool is that the support team is very helpful and you can ask for the features you need.

Cheers, Anca

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Karen RInehart
Director of Financial Planning at Ignite Financial · | 4 upvotes · 32.5K views
Needs advice

We are a small financial planning firm with remote workers. Trying to fix inefficiencies with technology and not people. We need to know where clients are in the pipeline/process (i.e., have we submitted applications and transfer forms, have we entered the costs basis of investments in the system, have we run their financial plans, where are we in the planning process, etc.) If a client calls and we have to research a question, who is handling it.

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Karen, you can accomplish that with any of the three tools (I'm currently using all three). It depends on the user experience and the capabilities you're looking for. Here's a high-level rundown:

  • stands out for being simple, visually oriented drag-and-drop
  • of the three, it's more minimalist but still flexible
  • the more advanced features are free & paid add ons from Trello & other developers
  • best when you need something quick and simple, and more visual
  • great for more robust project management
  • you can manage tasks in different views including lists, kanban board similar to trello, and gantt chart
  • best when you need more control over the tasks and how your process is set up
  • intends to be a replacement for many different tools, including asana & trello
  • loaded with features, can do pretty much everything that trello & asana do
  • highly customizable but it may take some time go set it up the way you want it
  • the myriad of options could get confusing, but they provide a lot of templates (including a CRM template) and support tools to get you going faster

Ultimately you choice comes down to how much detail & control you want over your process (dates, categories, client information etc.) and how you want your team to work with the tool (simple drag & drop vs. structured lists). One idea is to start with Trello since it's the simplest, and migrate to one of the others if you outgrow it.

Hope that helps! If you have any follow-up questions please let us know!

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Needs advice

I'm comparing Aha!, Trello and Asana. We are looking for it as a Product Management Team. Jira handles all our development and storyboard etc. This is for Product Management for Roadmaps, Backlogs, future stories, etc. Cost is a factor, as well. Does anyone have a comparison chart of Pros and Cons? Thank you.

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Max Stuart
Technical Project Manager at ShelterTech · | 6 upvotes · 155.7K views

I just switched to ClickUp for my development agency - I am the product team, and I relay everything there betwixt designers, devs, and clients.

Clickup = Jira + Confluence but better - more ways to slice and dice your data & documents, make custom views, mind map relationships, and track people's work, plan goals... I even use it to manage project finances and household to-dos.

They have a very comprehensive free tier that never expires, and on top of that they're extremely generous with trials of their paid features, have more-than-fair pricing, and top-notch customer support.

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Decisions about Asana and ProductPlan

Clickup is easy to use, with lots of features and a great UI. Clickup has an affordable subscription model suitable for single seat personal use if you choose to upgrade for more features. Sometimes the more complex features are a little confusing but there's a lot of documentation and tutorials online to help you. I doubt there's a more sophisticated task/project management solution.

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Was by far the most flexible and fully featured project management software. Especially for the price. Overall great and intuitive design. Everything is exactly where you'd expect it to be. It was also the fastest to setup and figure out how to use entirely. The only feature missing is public project boards. 10/10 would recommend!

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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 9 upvotes · 48.4K views

We chose TickTick after using a bunch of other project management tools that didn't really fit us. As a team, TickTick has made projects enjoyable. We break down projects into very small pieces and take them on one by one and we never miss any detail because of the tool. We have time tracking for each tasks to keep us on time, we share tasks between the team, take notes, and even establish habits throughout the teams so we can get better and better at what we do. We also tend to invite clients in as guests so they can follow along through the process of their project.

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Kirill Mikhailov

Since now Jira is offering pretty wide free plans, it can compete with asana at small teams. And they have a significant advantage especially if you're working in agile methodology. Confluence is also a big advantage, and also comes with a free plan, so it's a pretty big thing. But we had also talked about asana and used to work with it before a lot, but we chose to go with Jira, and it's pretty good for now.

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Ivan Begtin
Director - NGO "Informational Culture" / Ambassador - OKFN Russia at Infoculture · | 5 upvotes · 161.1K views

Both Asana and Trello support Kanban style project tracking. Trello is Kanban-only project management, knowledge management, actually card-management tools. Asana is much more complex, supports different project management approaches, well integrated and helpful for any style/type project.

We choose Asana finally, but still some projects kept in Trello

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Abhay Vashishtha

Procezo is an excellent free-for-life task managing tool with several benefits. Its clear, user-friendly interface is perfect for small businesses and startups as well as enterprise-level use. It makes it a seamless transition from any other project management tools. Its simple but effective layout allows new users to quickly adapt to its ever-expanding set of features. Procezo allows users to create boards and provide access to users or teams as required, set priority and precedence of the task and allowing for subtasks and discussions to be created. With unlimited tasks, users, projects and free support, Procezo is quickly making its way into businesses from across the world and the ultimate growth hack tool.

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Ram Kumar
CTO, Architect at · | 2 upvotes · 116.8K views

trello has a much simpler interface and easy to learn for any team member. asana might have more features and configuration options but do you really need a complex system for developers to manage tasks?

After Microsoft took over trello, it has become more restricted these days but still good for startups.

Keep it simple! Focus on your product, not tools.

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Pros of Asana
Pros of ProductPlan
  • 160
    Super fast task creation
  • 149
    Flexible project management
  • 101
    Free up to 15
  • 99
    Followers and commenting on tasks
  • 57
    Integration with external services
  • 25
    Email-based task creation
  • 17
    Plays nice with Google Apps
  • 14
    Clear usage
  • 14
    Plays nice with Harvest Time Tracking
  • 6
    Supports nice keyboard shortcuts
  • 4
    Integration with GitHub
  • 2
    Slack supported
  • 2
    Integration with Instagantt for Gantt Charts
  • 1
    Integration with Alfred
  • 1
    Both Card View & Task View
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Friendly API
  • 0
    Slick and fast interface
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      Not Cross Platform
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      What is Asana?

      Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work. From tasks and projects to conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish--and get results. Available at and on iOS & Android.

      What is ProductPlan?

      Communicate your strategy with cloud-based roadmap software. Easily visualize, prioritize, and share your company’s product and dev roadmap. Integrates with JIRA, Pivotal Tracker, Team Services, and Slack.

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