Asana, the team task management tool, has taken a major step forward with Dashboards. Each Asana project now includes top-level quantitative metadata such as progress on tasks and project status.
In the animation above you see the tracking of completed and total tasks over the course of a project lifetime.
With this new version of Asana each project can have a Dashboard, and a card like interface shows the status of all projects as ‘My Dashboard’. Every Asana user can add up to three projects to their dashboard, and users in premium organizations have unlimited dashboards.
Project Owners can now describe projects and update status of a regular basis. Project members can ask the status of a project through the dashboard which provides a chat-like experience. I am betting people will quickly use it for more than just project status, but more like a project chatroom.
I have not had a chance to play with the release — aside from a few minutes — but I hope to get a demo in the near future, and see how this may play into future plans at Asana.
One observation: now that Asana is doing regular status updates on projects, and tracking progress, it’s not much of a stretch to imagine more functionality around what might be called culture management. For example, consider quarterly surveys of people’s morale and the weekly pulsing of how people are doing — the sort of thing we see from 15five and TINYpulse — could be integrated or emulated in Asana, and would offer another dimension of insight into the project state.
Asana Dashboards is setting a very high bar in the team task management market. It is a major step forward, and builds on Asana’s notion of the work graph: the network of people and the information objects they use to communicate and sense make about work. As usual, the company is innovating out at the very edge.