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Asana February Update 2024

Asana, the popular project management software, has just released its highly anticipated February Update for 2024. Packed with new features, enhancements, and integrations, this update aims to empower teams and streamline workflows like never before. In this article, we will take a deep dive into the Asana February update, highlighting the key additions and improvements that you can look forward to.

  • Capacity Plans: Efficiently Allocate Resources

One of the standout features of the Asana February update is the introduction of Capacity Plans. With this new functionality, teams can easily create capacity plans to allocate people across projects and gain insights into how they are staffed across workstreams in Reporting. This high-level view of resource allocation allows project managers to make informed decisions and optimize team productivity.

How to create a Capacity Plan:

  1. Click the Reporting on the left sidebar.
  2. Click the “+Create” button and select the Capacity Plan
  3. Add your team by clicking the “+Add people” button and typing their names.
  4. After adding your team, staff them across various projects by clicking the “+Add project to allocate.”
  • Jira Cloud Comment Syncing: Improved Collaboration

Collaboration between teams using different tools has never been easier with the new Jira Cloud Comment Syncing feature. Now, you can comment on tasks or issues in a linked project in Jira Cloud and have those comments automatically reflected in Asana, and vice versa. This seamless integration eliminates the need for manual updates and ensures that all team members stay on the same page, regardless of the platform they prefer.

  • Gmail Sync:  Streamline Communication

Asana’s integration with Gmail got a significant boost in the February update. The new Gmail Sync feature enables you to enable future replies to a newly created task using the Gmail add-on. This means that any replies to the original email will automatically sync as comments in the corresponding Asana task. This streamlines communication and ensures that important information is captured within the project management system.

Gmail Sync image. Image from Asana | Help Center
  • Custom New User Onboarding

Admins now have more control over the onboarding process for new users in Asana. With the Custom New User Onboarding feature, administrators can tailor the onboarding experience from the admin console. This customization allows the organization to provide personalized and intuitive onboarding processes to new team members, ensuring a smooth transition into the Asana ecosystem.

New user onboarding. Image from Asana | Help Center
  • Portfolio Project Limit

For teams working on larger projects and portfolios, the Portfolio Project Limit has been increased from 500 to 1,500. This expansion allows for greater scalability and accommodates the needs of growing organizations. Now, project managers can effortlessly manage and track multiple projects within a comprehensive portfolio, all within the Asana platform.

  • Asana Tableau Integration: Enhance Reporting

Data-driven decision-making becomes even more accessible with Asana for Tableau integration. This powerful integration allows you to quickly extract project-level data from Asana into Tableau and build insightful project-level reports. With a seamless data flow between the two platforms, teams can analyze project performance, track key metrics, and gain actionable insights to drive project success.

Task Overview. Image from Asana | Help Center
  • Your Year in Review: Reflecting on 2023

This is a great update for every Asana user. Now, with Your Year in Review, you can access a recap of your 2023 usage stats from the comfort of your Home dashboard. This feature provides valuable insights into team performance, project milestones, and individual contributions. This retrospective view allows teams to celebrate achievements, identify areas of improvement, and set goals for the year ahead.

  • Multiple Accounts Switcher: Seamless Navigation

If you are a user who works with multiple Asana accounts, the new multiple Account Switcher feature is a game-changer. With this update, you can navigate between multiple Asana accounts without the hassle of logging in and out each time. This seamless transition between accounts saves time and ensures a smooth workflow for individuals who manage multiple teams or projects.

Asana Multiple Accounts and Spaces. Image from Asana | Help Center

How to Add New Asana Accounts:

  1. For a single account with one space:
  • Click your profile picture, select “+Add another account,” and log in or create a new one.
  1. For single account with multiple spaces:
  • Click your profile picture, select “+Add another account,” and connect to an existing or new account.
  1. For multiple spaces connected to multiple accounts:
  • Click your profile picture, select “+Add another account,” and log in or create a new one.
  • Add Collaborators in Microsoft Teams: Enhanced Integration

Asana and Microsoft Teams users rejoice! The new Add Collaborators in Microsoft Teams feature allows collaborators to be automatically added to Asana tasks shared within a Microsoft Teams chat. This integration streamlines collaboration and ensures that all relevant team members have access to the necessary information and tasks within their preferred platform.

  • Multi-Filter in Gantt View

Managing complex projects becomes more intuitive with the introduction of Multi-filtering in the Gantt view. You can now apply multiple filters to the Gantt view, allowing for a more granular and customizable project management experience. This feature empowers project managers to focus on specific aspects of their projects, track progress, and make data-driven decisions.

  • New Rule Builder in Bundles, Templates, and Workflow: Automation Made Easy

If you are an Asana rules enthusiast, you will be thrilled with the new Rule Builder in Bundles, Templates, and Workflow. This powerful feature allows you to create rules with conditions and branching, enabling advanced automation and customization. By setting up rules, your teams can automate repetitive tasks, streamline workflows, and ensure consistency across projects.

Rule Builder in Bundles:

  1. From the selected project, click the customize button in the upper right corner.
  2. Go to the Bundles section and click “Add Bundles” or click the existing Bundles.
  3. Create or edit existing Bundles and add rules.

Rule Builder in Templates:

  1. Go to Templates and select one to edit.
  2. Click the customize button and select and add rules.

Rule Builder in Workflow:

  1. From your project, click the Workflow on the top section.
  2. Click one section, and you can see the “Add trigger” above the selected section. By clicking it, you now access the “Custom trigger” option to access the new rule builder.
  • Suggested Conditions in Rules

To guide you in building your rules, Asana added a “Tip” box. This feature will enable you to understand how the rules work. The “Tip” box will suggest what condition is commonly used for the trigger you selected.  With this, everyone can easily use the rule feature of Asana, which could help create a more efficient team.

  • “Field is Change” Trigger for Date Custom Fields and Start date: Automate Work Routing

The new “Field is Change” trigger for date custom fields and start date brings enhanced automation capabilities to Asana. With this update, users can automatically route work to the right people and projects based on changes in the start date or date custom fields. This feature ensures that tasks are assigned and managed efficiently based on their specific deadlines and requirements.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Asana February Update 2024 introduces a range of exciting features and improvements that empower teams to collaborate more effectively, automate repetitive tasks, and gain valuable insights. With enhanced integrations, customizable onboarding, and expanded project management capabilities, Asana continues to evolve as a leading project management platform. Stay tuned for more updates and innovations from Asana as they strive to make teamwork effortless and efficient.

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