The next time you open an Excel spreadsheet to manage a project, ask yourself, is this really the right tool for my team?
All the project details in one place
Without the ability to add details, have conversations, or attach files in spreadsheets, you end up scattering project details across a suite of tools — which makes it too easy to drop a detail or waste time hunting down an asset.
A good project management tool, however, will consolidate all communications — so you can say goodbye to scrolling through old email chains hunting for asset specs.
Quick to build and maintain
Managing projects in spreadsheets means building a calendar, Gantt chart, or project plan from scratch. Even with a templates, you’ll still waste time customizing, formatting, and updating them as status updates trickle in from elsewhere.
Unlike spreadsheets, other tools built for work, project, and task management will do the heavy lifting for you.
Easily manage multiple projects and programs
Without a single dashboard, it’s hard to know the status of your entire program or switch between projects quickly. If you manage a team, it’s even more difficult to see an employee’s workload across all of them. With a more powerful tool for your project management, you can easily track down these insights.
Makes collaboration easy
Have you ever opened a teammate’s project plan in Excel with the intention of leaving a comment, only to spend 20 minutes wondering where and how to do it? Or wasted time transferring information from a conversation into your spreadsheet? Spreadsheets aren’t built for collaboration but other tools are.
Import your existing projects from Excel to Asana using our CSV importer integration. Ease your way into a new system and test Asana with your spreadsheet data.
We decided to give Asana a try. We were quickly able to eliminate the drudgery of sending update emails and reporting on progress in weekly meetings. Now, if I want to know what’s going on with a project or what the status of anything is, I just look at Asana and everything is instantly clear. Asana makes our process so much more efficient. It removes all the waste in communication.
—Rian Hunter, Software Engineer, Dropbox