A project management service could be a valuable resource that helps improve team collaboration and productivity and eases up tracking and managing projects. This is especially true if it’s a rightly lauded resource like Asana or Wrike. But amongst the two workflow management tools, which one will work better for you? Read the comparison below before making your choice.
There are quite a few things to be told about Wrike. But we think it’s appropriate we start with their dashboard. For it is rather unique compared to similar features in other project management platforms.
The dashboard is made of three different panes which when clubbed together give a comprehensive view of the whole workflow. You could see just about any detail in this single space. Among other things, you could access projects and financials, create tasks and assign them to different team members, and view the current tasks and subtasks in the three panes.
To support efficient project management, Wrike brings a large set of features that helps you share files, track the time that a project takes and more. Further, such features come with robust security provisions which put this project management software a step above many of its peers.
Wrike brings you a number of free templates, so getting started with one of them is easy enough. However, the system is densely packed with features, so it might take some time before you learn to use all of them. Needless to say, such exhaustive features are especially useful when it comes to managing complex projects.
Wrike is also cutting edge when it comes to getting you the analytics that you need. For instance, it updates its charts, reports and analytics dashboard every fifteen minutes. This ensures that the analytics you view at almost any given time is up to date. Among other metrics, you can view task status, workload, approval and team performance in near-real-time.
Another aspect of Wrike that makes it a great workflow management tool is its adaptability. It could easily be used by different departments for various purposes. Be it product development or human resources or marketing, Wrike brings you the necessary tools that are required for meaningful functioning.
Asana too sports a lengthy list of features which are valuable additions to your arsenal while managing a project. This is reflected even in their free plan which in itself is liberal in its provisions.
Among other features, you can use the platform for unlimited projects even with its free version. Asana also lets you integrate it with time tracking tools of your choice, without paying any additional charge for the same.
Asana is liberal when it comes to the number of views it brings you too. These include lists, portfolios, Kanban boards, timelines and workloads. The system is also flexible enough so that every team member could manage tasks using views that suit their purposes. Also, you could switch from one view to another without breaking a sweat.
You also get a dashboard in Asana which you could customize according to the information that you wish to view at any point.
You could also easily automate redundant tasks and processes and even workflows using Asana. You could set up rules and triggers for automation- and that’s made easy, particularly thanks to the graphical interface.
Asana also wants your team to collaborate well while working- at least, that’s what one should surmise from the different features that support the same. For instance, you could easily chat in real-time with others in the team, assign priorities so that everyone in the team can view them, and more. Also, you could integrate Asana with messaging systems and email apps, if your team prefers to function using such third-party tools.
Like Wrike, Asana is also versatile enough that it could be used efficiently- and easily- by different departments in the organization.
Should you choose Wrike or Asana?
The term ‘neck-to neck’ describes best the way features are stacked against each other in both the project management tools. Having said that, Wrike probably has an edge over Asana, but that’s only if your project is super-complex and involves prolonged scrums, in which case the advanced features might become central to project management.
Also, you may want to check the price for the two tools before you make a decision. Generally, Wrike tends to be the pricier option. Whether the features justify the price or not will solely depend on the requirements of your project.
What Wrike and Asana lack
While tracking work time for individuals might be a feature in one or either of these project management tools, they don’t have a provision to accurately measure the time someone spends on a particular task. This drawback also prevents them from giving you an accurate estimate of project delivery time.
But I’m Productive is a workflow management tool that measures the said time metric correctly and more importantly, uses such metrics to estimate the project delivery with precision. In fact, the tool does this with the help of a powerful AI- you just need to click on a button to get the estimate. Check out their website to learn more.
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