Being Agile in Asana
The Agile approach to development is all about responding to change and iterating quickly. Most Agile teams employ some Scrum practices, and continue to adapt them. Since Asana is intended for all types of teams, it can easily be tailored to your engineering team’s specific Scrum practices.
Below is a list of some Scrum practices and how you can do them in Asana.
Conduct your sprint planning meetings in Asana, and break stories into assigned tasks at the beginning of each sprint to represent the work each teammate committed to. Teams will have clarity on the official sprint plans, in context with the work teammates do to complete them.
Building a roadmap
Building out a roadmap in Asana is simple and gives your team a clear idea of priorities and progress at a high level. You can also create a backlog section to show what’s coming up and track stories as unassigned tasks. You can store tasks in multiple projects to track work in the roadmap, and in the project with the work happening to complete it.
Calculate time devoted to sprint tasks by using numeric custom fields in your project. Add custom fields to any project, like sprint planning project or bug tracking by clicking the project header dropdown and selecting Manage Custom Fields. If you multiselect tasks with numeric custom fields, Asana will add them up and display the sum in the right pane.
You can also set up a Harvest integration to see how your time estimates compare to actual time spent. Forecast time more accurately and know the average time spent on tasks you do frequently for future planning.
During sprint retrospectives, your team reflects back on the sprint and how to improve processes for the future. Pull up your sprint planning project in Asana during a retrospective to look at Progress View, add notes or comments on remaining tasks, or start an actionable conversation around ways you can improve processes for the next sprint.
Use different List View options in My Tasks to help you prepare for stand-up meetings. You can change the List View option to Tasks By Due Date to see what you’re working on next, and to Completed Tasks to see what you accomplished. Tracking work, communicating, and giving status updates in Asana helps make stand-ups more efficient—you might even find that your team needs to have them less frequently.
Use the Progress View in a project to post weekly status updates so stakeholders (a.k.a. “chickens”) are up-to-date during a sprint. Your team can comment on the status update to keep the conversation going outside of meetings. This frees up time spent in sprint planning, review, and retrospectives so you can strategize with your team instead.
Make sure to look at the progress chart to see how many tasks have been completed on the project and how many remain, relative to the project deadline. The project deadline could be a ship date or the end of a sprint.
For an even more in-depth view of team progress, try Dashboard reporting in Google Sheets to see tasks completed by person, compare the progress of similar projects, and more.
Agile practices emphasize choosing flexible processes that can adapt to your team’s needs each sprint. Asana is great for Agile teams precisely because it is so flexible and has many ways for your team to incorporate Agile practices, even as they change.
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