Managing projects in Excel only takes you so far. Here are some questions to ask when planning projects in a spreadsheet.
Keep project details in one place
Spreadsheets don’t give you the ability to add details, have conversations, or attach files, so you end up scattering project information across a suite of tools, making it too easy to miss something or waste time hunting down an asset.
A good project management tool combines the grid-like view of a spreadsheet with collaboration features—so you can say goodbye to digging through old email chains for files or the latest updates.
Quickly build and maintain plans
If you’re managing projects in spreadsheets, you may also spend a lot of time building calendars and Gantt charts from scratch. Even with a template, customizing, formatting, and keeping your project plans up to date takes up a lot of your time.
Unlike Excel, tools designed for work and project management make it easy for you to quickly create and update dynamic project plans.
Easily manage multiple projects and programs
Without a place to store all your project information, 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 project management tool, you can easily gain these insights.
Collaborate easily and effectively
Spreadsheets aren’t built for collaboration, but other tools are. Instead of juggling Excel, email, chat, and docs to keep track of all the moving pieces, manage your projects from a single source of truth. Work and project management tools let you keep all project conversations and files connected to your plans, so you never miss a beat.
Moving to a new tool can be tough. Fortunately, it’s easy to import your existing projects from Excel to Asana using our CSV importer.Learn more about the CSV importer
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
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