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We performed a comparison between Asana and Trello based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Project Management Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Asana vs. Trello Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: What project management/portfolio management program would you recommend?
Answer: Hi Netanya, for complez projects I recommend Basecamp or Microsoft Project, but for small or low complexity projects I suggest Trello. Best regards.
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Pros
"Since I'm using it for a variety of purposes, not just project management, I can customize boards and workspaces based on the needs of that particular workflow.""In short - it keeps a remote asynchronous team in sync.""I really really like the sort by name or dates functions as they toggle and make being able to offer super-quick organization a breeze, especially when client-facing.""The automation is huge.""The solution can be customized for individual projects and quite easy to use.""The solution provides a one-stop place for notes, progress, and sharing the status of projects.""I have found the automation very useful for reminders.""Marking the status of deliverables is the most useful aspect."

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"Stable Kanban style tool for collaboration and task management. It runs smoothly and has a straightforward setup.""The solution scales well.""I really enjoy the portfolios in Asana. One of the ways Asana stands out to me is with portfolios. You can have all your different projects, and you can have those assigned to different teams. If you want to customize a grouping of projects, you can use portfolios. For instance, one of the things that we do is we can assign a portfolio to a specific strategic objective we have, and we can put all those projects that are related to that strategic objective in that portfolio. We then know exactly what people are working on to help us achieve our goals. So, I really like portfolios.""It has helped our departments maintain visibility.""It is stable and easy to set up.""Asana provides a lot of options and a lot of customization to give the best efficient way for your business to operate. For example, I can customize my tasks, tables, and pipelines the way I want them to fit my business model. It's easy and highly customizable.""The most valuable feature of Asana is the tracking of comments and documents in one place.""Asana allows you to create your own project with sub sections with subtasks that can be assigned. The feature I really love is that you can tag people to notify them that there has been progress on a project as well as add attachments."

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"The solution is great for project management.""Trello is very easy to install and set up. It is also easy to use. Its interface is excellent.""The installation was extremely straightforward.""I like how user-friendly, visual, and intuitive it is. It doesn't take a lot of time to figure out how to make it work for you.""It has a very modern-looking interface.""The solution is very easy to use.""I can see everything on one page, like sticky notes. It's very, very easy to use and very straightforward.""The user interface is great. I find it very easy to create cards."

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Cons
"It would be good if we could have the option to choose custom colors for the status fields and groups so we can make some boards more branded.""We'd like more automation.""There have recently been a lot of lagging and loading delays with saving.""While I appreciate the templates, some of them are extremely complex and not as tailored to non-profit work so they required quite a bit of customizing (but worth the trouble).""Some of the automation is having some technical difficulties.""I struggle to use the mobile version of Monday.com.""It is difficult to create templates for repeat use cases.""The tabs (color coding) featured is great for distinguishing different areas of our workflow."

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"For large teams, scalability should be improved.""We have not used Asana on our private server. We have been using the cloud solution. We need an on premise solution for government agencies.""We tried, but we haven't been successful with it. If people don't have the training, it is not easy to use. You need to make sure that the people are trained to use the system. They can provide more resources in the form of webcasts and videos that people can use to train themselves and understand how to use it.""The stability of Asana is good. However, there are some issues with maintenance, when the solution is down. For example, there might be maintained for a few hours where we cannot use the solution.""I rate the support from Asana a four out of five.""On the development side for technical project management, Asana is missing features. We only use it for discussing tasks and strategies, and we use it for customer to-do lists. It doesn't have the source code integration that Jira and Jira Service Desk both have.""There just needs to be a bit more direction on how to use it at the outset.""In Asana, there's no way to add a custom date field."

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"It would be great if there was a tour for new users to explain how this solution works. Using this solution for the first time can feel complicated.""It's really simple, which is a good thing, but it only does one thing for us.""It is not a scalable product.""Having more integration with third party tools is an area for improvement in Trello. It would also be nice if it has a voice messaging functionality similar to what you have in WhatsApp, for quicker communication with colleagues.""It could have a bit more customization, especially for organizations that may want to integrate it into their own systems.""Trello could add an analytic tool that allows me to see the performance of each team member, answering questions like whether they meet the deadline or miss the deadline.""We don't really have any automated features. If they had more automated options, that would be helpful.""There aren't as many tracking tools."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I wasn't involved with the licensing, but I believe it's negotiable."
  • "The solution is quite inexpensive. For example, we pay $8,500 for 75 users. It's somewhere around $100 a user, approximately."
  • "The project manager would be responsible for any licensing fees. As an end-user, we just follow suit."
  • "Fees are paid monthly per user."
  • "The price is reasonable for the number of users we have."
  • "I am using its free version."
  • "We tell others it's about $2200 for a ten-person plan and it can be adjusted; it's easy to scale."
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  • "It has a free version."
  • "There is a free version of Asana, but we use the paid version to receive all the features we want. The overall price is reasonable."
  • "Its price is fair. Its licensing cost is cheaper than Microsoft Project. I would rate it a two out of five in terms of pricing."
  • "For what it brings to the table, I think Asana is fairly affordable. I would like to see the portfolio feature in our pricing plan, but other than that, it's definitely pretty good."
  • "We're on the business tier, which is $25 a month if you're on an annual contract. It's $31 if you're on a month-to-month contract. In my experience, there are no hidden costs with Asana. I know Smartsheet has these add-ons that you can buy, which is an additional cost, but Asana doesn't have any add-ons that I know of. When you're trying to scale the product and want to add users, you have to do it in buckets of five. This is also something to consider."
  • "This solution is reasonably priced."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
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  • "Maybe it would be better if they offered some extra tiers, so you don't have to go all the way up to the pro level."
  • "I use the free version of Trello, which is sufficient for my day to day use."
  • "I am tinkering with the free version."
  • "The free version of Trello covers all of the bases and all of our needs, so there's no cost involved for us. This is surprising for such a quality platform with no limitations on the key functionalities, though it also has a paid version."
  • "Its pricing is good. It is about $6 per license for what we use, but then there are other plans as well, such as $12 a month. I would rate it a nine out of ten in terms of pricing."
  • "The pricing for this solution is reasonable."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    José Raúl Páramo Robben - PeerSpot reviewerJosé Raúl Páramo Robben
    Real User

    Hi Netanya, for complez projects I recommend Basecamp or Microsoft Project, but for small or low complexity projects I suggest Trello. Best regards.

    Mir Nayeem Ul Haq - PeerSpot reviewerMir Nayeem Ul Haq
    Real User

    Hi Netanya,


    Trello is a simple and effective project management tool that is easy to use and has a variety of features that can help you manage your projects effectively. Asana is a more comprehensive project management tool that has more features and is more complex to use. Monday.com is a project management tool that is designed to be used by teams, and has features that allow for collaboration and communication within teams.


    But, I would recommend Trello, because it is a simple and effective project management tool. It is easy to use and has a variety of features that can help you manage your projects effectively.

    Islam Bayraktar - PeerSpot reviewerIslam Bayraktar
    Real User

    Hi Netanya, 


    If you want to reach a quick-wins at the portfolio level with an intelligent algorithmic and automated approach please look at my favourite tool called Aangine. 


    It gives you capabilities to run multiple What-if scenarios at the portfolio level, considering various constraints on capacity, budgets, timing and prioritization. It helps PMOs/SPMs very quickly to perform risk & value analysis and run impacts analysis to see what happens if suddenly priorities/capacity/budget will be changed. Visibility on future horizons, possibly bottlenecks and risks gives you the opportunity to compare and run an intelligent algorithm to optimise your future portfolio within a new reality immediately. As an outcome, in the first couple of quarters, you will get significant results on your execution side of the way of working.


    Regarding the execution part of the delivery for the corporate customers, I would recommend Micro Focus PPM review.

    Kind regards,
    I. Bayraktar

    Jane Johnson - PeerSpot reviewerJane Johnson
    User

    I’ve used Trello, Asana, and Monday.com. 


    My favorite by far is ClickUp due to following reasons:


    1. It’s inexpensive. 


    2. Support is great. 


    3. Very flexible - we do sprints with points and it’s great for this. 


    4. They are constantly launching new improvements. 


    5. Most important - my team loves ClickUp and actually uses it! We particularly like the goals feature.

    Justin Dillow - PeerSpot reviewerJustin Dillow
    Real User

    Jira is what we currently use and I have no complaints about it at all.  

    John Andrew Kossey - PeerSpot reviewerJohn Andrew Kossey
    Real User

    Since 1998 I have been using the Planisware project portfolio management solution for multiple pharma organizations. 


    The application initially had the esoteric name OPX2. For easier international name recognition, its name sensibly became Planisware in 2009 with the release of P5. Subsequent releases of Planisware P5 and Planisware P6 (or V6) and currently Planisware Enterprise (E7) have brought substantive improvements to the stakeholder community in user interface, capabilities, reporting, and performance. 


    Planisware documentation has evolved markedly with more frequent publishing of detailed functional guides, videos, and release notes, available online for customers and from within the application. For example, the fifth set of release notes for E7, specifically 7.0.4; March 2022, is 133 pages long. Planisware Academy is another tool for gaining proficiency with project and portfolio management. 


    What I especially enjoy with Planisware is unsurpassed flexibility for managing project activities--not just as list tables and Gantt charts, but also with Kanban cards, roadmaps, stage and gates, deliverables, ideas, etc. Modules for resource management and cost management have similar depth of execution. Another module for tracking risks and opportunities is selectable when needed.


    Planisware's implementation of activity types as a discrete breakdown structure facilitates the use of consistent, defined activities across projects and improves the accuracy of planning.


    Project templates and activity library features are valuable for creating new projects more efficiently.


    Data visualization is another Planisware strongpoint. It's possible to make dynamic slide presentations of working projects.


    Given the depth and breadth of Planisware modules and the software's overall capabilities, each corporate organization has to make a long-term commitment to adopting Planisware. Providing stakeholders the opportunity to gain needed proficiencies with Planisware is also essential for reaping the considerable benefits of using this fascinating enterprise solution. 

    HeshamFouad - PeerSpot reviewerHeshamFouad
    Real User

    I have experience with Asana. It's an easy-to-use and configure solution, especially for medium and non-complex plans.

    David Tate, PMP - PeerSpot reviewerDavid Tate, PMP
    Real User

    The real question is: what type of Project/Portfolio Management system do I need? 


    The Trello, Asana, and Monday.com types of products tend to be a bit more lightweight. Sometimes, they lack the structure that a more robust system such as Project Online or Project for the Web can offer. 


    If the organization is small(er) and or only a few individuals will be utilizing the system, then the former may work well. If a large(r) organization and many PMs /Portfolio Managers, compliance issues, etc., a more mainstream Project? A Portfolio Management approach may be needed. Look into a bigger player in the market. 


    Take a look at the Gartner reviews for additional suggestions as to what level and type of system may be the right one for your organization.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Monday.com is one of the best project management softwares available on the market. It lets you create and customize the… more »
    Top Answer:We have project overviews to keep track of each client and project and I can also see what the other managers are doing… more »
    Top Answer:Monday could be improved if it could be linked with Google Calendar. This way, I can add deadlines directly on Monday… more »
    Top Answer:It's an easy way to communicate.
    Top Answer:We have a free Asana license that covers my work. We don't have any costs associated with it.
    Top Answer:You have to understand some basic functions on how to do tasks. For example, I didn't use any help file or helping tool… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is very easy to use.
    Top Answer:Pricing can be improved. You have to pay more to unlock certain features.
    Top Answer:There aren't as many tracking tools. If you use Agile as a methodology, Trello doesn't really fit very well. It cannot… more »
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    Overview

    monday.com is a cloud-based platform that allows teams to design their own work management software and applications. monday.com is a basic yet intuitive work operating system that facilitates teamwork in these ways:

    • Allows teams to define workflows

    • Adapts to changing demands

    • Establishes transparency

    • Allows for collaboration

    • Eliminates manual grunt work

    monday.com is extremely adaptable and may be utilized in any sector and for any workflow. You can build your apps to match your specific operational needs and modify your boards, dashboards, and documents to fit your team properly. It may be used for anything, including projects and procedures, and it can be used across teams, departments, leaders, and organizations.

    Here are a few examples of how monday.com software can be put to good use:

    • Marketing pipelines
    • Recruitment procedures
    • Video production planning
    • Tracking progress
    • Product timelines
    • Business management
    • Design planning
    • Bug tracking
    • Event planning
    • Construction planning

    monday.com Features

    monday.com has many valuable features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Customized workflows
    • Task prioritizing
    • File sharing
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Context-aware communication
    • Progress and milestone monitoring

    The most popular key features include:

    • Work scheduling: monday.com’s Workload feature allows you to accurately assign and schedule team members at any given time. Check who's available and who isn't so you may reschedule or reassign work as needed to meet all of your project deadlines.
    • Tracking time for tasks: It's crucial to know where your time goes, especially if you're invoicing clients by the hour. Greater work precision is achieved by having a clear grasp of how much time is spent on each task because you’re able to make more informed decisions about how you spend your time.
    • Automated processes: Automations eliminate the need for manual labor in the completion of repetitive tasks.
    • At-a-glance dashboards: Dashboards are an excellent method to quickly see what's essential. They make it simple to gather useful information, manage project progress, predict effort, and keep track of budgets. They also keep your team focused and engaged on the high-level objectives that drive progress.
    • Integration with external tools: With two-click integrations, you can easily make monday.com your primary work hub. Integrate popular external apps like Jira and Slack, as well as Gmail and Mailchimp, to optimize your workflow even further.
    • Varied options for viewing data with Views: monday.com provides a number of ways to examine the data in your boards, including Gantt Chart View for project plans and Chart View for progress tracking. Views helps you to take a fresh perspective on things and obtain crucial insights that you might not have gotten otherwise.

    Reviews from Real Users

    monday.com stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its task status feature and its ability to integrate with external apps. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Ben D., Front End Developer at a marketing services firm, writes of the product, “Their flagship feature, what used to be called the pulse, is great. Pulse offers great management. Being able to see everything at a glance and check task status, is wonderful. They use subtasks and the simple aspects of task management have been really helpful.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, the Head of Projects at Smart Media SA, notes, “The boards offer an amazing and clear view of my tasks, campaigns, and progress. Automations especially with Slack and Outlook help with keeping my team up-to-date always. Graphs and charts are valuable for reporting purposes and to track progress made. Workforms/surveys are valuable and a very cool added feature.”

    Asana is web-based software-as-a-service that helps teams coordinate and manage their work. It helps companies move faster by making sure everyone knows the team’s plan and process and who is doing what by when.

    Each user can create projects using a list, board, calendar, or timeline view. Within each project, users can add tasks, subtasks, sections, comments, attachments, start and due dates, and custom fields. Project and task followers get notifications on changes or comments on the project and/or task in their Inbox. Individual users can see all of the tasks they're responsible for across all of their projects in a view called My Tasks.

    Asana is available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese.

    Trello is the visual collaboration tool that creates a shared perspective on any project. Trello’s boards, lists and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your personal and work life in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.

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    Asana vs. Trello
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Asana vs. Trello and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Asana is ranked 6th in Project Management Software with 19 reviews while Trello is ranked 9th in Project Management Software with 12 reviews. Asana is rated 8.2, while Trello is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Asana writes "Stands out with portfolios, easy setup, and real-time information, but needs big improvement when it comes to workflows, automation, and dashboards". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Trello writes "Designed for team collaboration and project management; user interface is easy to understand, with drag and drop functionality". Asana is most compared with Wrike, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Microsoft Project and ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, whereas Trello is most compared with Jira, Wrike, Smartsheet, Airtable and Microsoft Project Server. See our Asana vs. Trello report.

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