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As project management tools become increasingly essential for businesses, finding the right solution is a must for success. Asana has long been a popular choice for managing projects, but project management tools like Asana don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. As a result, it’s wise for companies to look for alternative platforms that better suit their needs.

Here are the top Asana alternatives available, offering a mix of free and paid options with diverse features for different industries and use cases.

Top Asana alternatives: Comparison table

This comparison table offers a quick overview of the key features and starting prices of the top 13 Asana alternatives.

Time tracking File sharing & storage Customizable workflows Free plan Starting price (billed annually)
Asana Yes Yes Yes yes $10.99 per user per mo.
Trello No Limited No Yes $5 per user per mo.
ClickUp Yes Yes Yes Yes $7 per user per mo.
Monday Yes Yes Yes Yes $9 per user per mo.
Confluence No Yes Limited Yes $6.05 per user per mo.
Wrike Yes Yes Yes Yes $9.80 per user per mo.
Teamwork Yes Yes Yes Yes $9.99 per user per mo.
Notion No Yes Yes Yes $8 per user per mo.
Jira Limited Yes Yes Yes $8.15 per user per mo.
Smartsheet Yes Yes Yes Yes $7 per user per mo.
Hive Yes Yes Yes Yes $5 per user per mo.
Zoho Projects Yes Yes Yes Yes $4 per user per mo.
Microsoft Project Yes Yes Yes No $10 per user per mo.
Microsoft Planner Limited Yes Yes Included with Microsoft 365 subscription $6 per user per mo.

Trello: Best free plan

Trello logo.
Image: Trello

Trello is a visual project management tool that’s great for individuals and small teams on a budget looking to manage tasks and projects using kanban boards. The platform’s clean and simple interface allows new users to get up and running quickly. While Trello offers outstanding ease of use, it is not as customizable or feature-rich as Asana. If that’s not an issue for you, Trello could be an excellent choice as an Asana alternative.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost for unlimited cards and up to 10 boards per Workspace.
  • Standard: $5 per user per month billed annually, or $6 per user billed monthly.
  • Premium: $10 per user per month billed annually, or $12.50 per user billed monthly.
  • Enterprise: Between $7.38 and $17.50 per user per month, depending on the number of users. Teams with more than 5,000 users can contact Atlassian for custom pricing.

Features

  • Variety of project templates: This includes customizable and prebuilt layouts for different use cases (Figure A).
  • Trello Butler: This is the built-in automation feature to help minimize time spent on recurring tasks and reduce the potential for human error.
  • Kanban boards: The customizable kanban boards offer drag-and-drop functionality to help simplify task management.

A budgeting and time-tracking template in Trello.
Figure A: A budgeting and time-tracking template in Trello. Image: Trello

Pros

  • Generous free plan.
  • Easy to use.
  • Highly visual interface.

Cons

  • Not suited for complex projects.
  • Missing some core project management features, such as Gantt charts and time tracking.

Top integrations

Trello’s top integrations include Slack, Jira, Google Drive, Confluence and Dropbox.

Why we picked Trello

We chose Trello for its simplicity and effectiveness in managing tasks using kanban boards. It’s perfect for individuals and small teams looking for a budget-friendly option that offers a straightforward, visual approach to project management. Trello also offers an extensive selection of Power-Ups and integrations, along with its generous free plan.

For more information, read the full Trello review.

ClickUp: Best for customizability

ClickUp logo.
Image: ClickUp

ClickUp is a wonderfully customizable project management tool that offers an all-in-one solution for project management, collaboration and productivity efforts. Its highly customizable interface and diverse set of features make it suitable for various industries and team sizes. Users can choose from multiple task views, create custom fields and statuses, track time and manage goals and OKRs within the platform.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost for Free plan members.
  • Unlimited: $7 per user per month billed annually, or $10 per user billed monthly.
  • Business: $12 per user per month billed annually, or $19 per user billed monthly.
  • Enterprise: Contact ClickUp’s sales team for pricing information.

Features

  • Multiple views: Provides view types such as List (Figure B), Board, Box, Gantt and Calendar, among others (Figure B).
  • Custom field creation for tasks: Enables users to track information related to their projects.
  • Goal and milestone features: Ensures teams are on track to hit their objectives.
  • Automation and integrations: Enables streamlined project planning with automation capabilities and integrations with over 1,000 apps.

Some of the views ClickUp has to offer.
Figure B: Some of the views ClickUp has to offer. Image: ClickUp

Pros

  • Comprehensive all-in-one platform for project management, collaboration and productivity.
  • Highly customizable and flexible to suit various teams and industries.
  • Generous free plan.
  • User-friendly interface and onboarding experience.

Cons

  • The extensive feature set might be overwhelming for some users.
  • Occasional performance issues with large projects.

Top integrations

ClickUp’s integration capabilities include Slack, HubSpot, Make (formerly Integromat), Gmail and Zoom.

Why we picked ClickUp

We included ClickUp for its all-in-one nature and high customizability. It’s highly adaptable to various workflows and integrates with numerous tools, which makes it great for teams seeking a versatile and all-encompassing alternative to Asana.

For more information, read our full ClickUp review.

Confluence: Best for knowledge management and collaboration

Confluence logo.
Image: Confluence

Confluence, an Atlassian product, is a powerful collaboration and documentation platform that integrates seamlessly with Jira Service Management and other Atlassian tools. Although it’s not specifically designed for project management, Confluence is worth considering for anyone who wants to centralize and streamline their documentation and knowledge-sharing processes.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost for 10 users.
  • Standard: $6.05 per user per month for up to 100 users.
  • Premium: $11.55 per user per month for up to 100 users.
  • Enterprise: Only billed annually. Available for teams with more than 800 users. Contact Confluence sales for pricing information.

Features

  • Comprehensive knowledge base: Enables users to create and organize team documentation from a single platform.
  • Real-time collaborative editing: Allows multiple team members to work on a document simultaneously.
  • Customizable templates and macros: With customizable templates (Figure D), users can speed up content creation for a more efficient workflow.

Project plan template in Confluence.
Figure D: Project plan template in Confluence. Image: Confluence

Pros

  • Intuitive user interface.
  • Strong integration with Jira Service Management and other Atlassian tools.
  • Version control and audit logs.

Cons

  • Not specifically designed for project management.
  • Lacks some advanced project management features such as Gantt charts and built-in time tracking.

Top integrations

Confluence integrates effectively with Jira, Trello, Slack, Microsoft Teams and Google Drive.

Why we picked Confluence

We included Confluence for its documentation capabilities and seamless integration with other Atlassian products, particularly Jira. It excels at creating a centralized knowledge base that facilitates collaboration and information sharing for teams that need comprehensive documentation and integration with project management tools.

For more information, check out our full Confluence review.

Wrike: Best for complex project management

Wrike logo.
Image: Wrike

Both Wrike and Asana are top project management solutions. However, they offer different strengths. While Asana is great for scalability and coordinating complex projects, Wrike is better at customization and reporting. You also get better team collaboration and AI features with Wrike.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost for unlimited users.
  • Team: $9.80 per user per month billed annually. Monthly billing is not available.
  • Business: $24.80 per user per month billed annually. Monthly billing is not available.
  • Enterprise: Custom quote.
  • Pinnacle: Custom quote.

Features

  • Wrike analytics and reporting: Wrike offers plenty of useful reports and analytics, including marketing insights using performance metrics from campaigns (Figure E).
  • Wrike Lock: Wrike workspace data is protected with additional layers of encryption through the Wrike Lock feature.
  • AI tools: With Wrike, you get AI tools to help with project management. This includes an AI project risk predictor to help highlight any potential issues with project progress.

A reporting dashboard in Wrike.
Figure E: A reporting dashboard in Wrike. Image: Wrike

Pros

  • Plenty of in-app learning content.
  • Organized layout.
  • Extensive interoperability capabilities.
  • Enterprise-ready security tools.

Cons

  • Interface may feel overwhelming for new users.
  • Slow customer support.

Top integrations

Wrike’s top integrations include Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Workspace, Trello and Dropbox.

Why we picked Wrike

We chose Wrike for how it handles complex projects along with its extensive integration options. It can adapt to various workflows and has effective real-time collaboration tools that make it a versatile choice for all kinds of project needs.

For more information, read the full Wrike review.

Teamwork: Best for client-facing businesses

Teamwork logo.
Image: Teamwork

Teamwork is a project management tool with a suite of project management and collaboration tools for client-facing teams. Its feature-rich platform combines task management, time tracking and invoicing in one place, making it easy to manage projects from start to finish. Team collaboration is also a breeze with built-in chat, file sharing and document editing capabilities.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost for up to five users.
  • Deliver: $9.99 per user per month billed annually, or $13.99 per user billed monthly.
  • Grow: $19.99 per user per month billed annually, or $25.99 per user billed monthly.

Features

  • Multiple views: Enables flexible project management with task lists, boards and Gantt charts.
  • Built-in time tracking and invoicing: Lets project managers keep track of who has done what and when (Figure F).
  • Collaboration tools: Allows users to work together on projects with built-in tools like chat and document management.
  • Customizable dashboards and advanced reporting: Helps project managers view project details and progress from a single platform.

Budget dashboard in Teamwork.
Figure F: Budget dashboard in Teamwork. Image: Teamwork

Pros

  • All-in-one solution for project management, collaboration and client communication.
  • User-friendly interface with drag-and-drop functionality.
  • Excellent customer support and resources.
  • Scalable for businesses of all sizes.

Cons

  • Some advanced features are only available on higher-tier plans.
  • Initial setup and customization may be time consuming.

Top integrations

Teamwork’s top integrations are Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Workspace, Trello and Dropbox.

Why we picked Teamwork

Teamwork stands out for its intuitive collaboration features, especially when dealing with clients. It’s user-friendly and takes a flexible approach to managing projects. Teamwork can be useful for all sorts of teams, including marketing teams, small teams and more.

For more information, check out our full Teamwork review.

Notion: Best for versatile workspace management

Notion logo.
Image: Notion

Notion is an all-in-one workspace that combines the functionalities of a project management tool, documentation platform and collaboration space. It’s perfect for businesses that want a centralized place for teams to collaborate on projects, documents and tasks while maintaining a clear overview of their work.

Pricing

  • Free: Unlimited blocks for individuals only.
  • Plus: $8 per user per month billed annually, or $10 per user per month billed monthly.
  • Business: $15 per user per month billed annually, or $18 per user per month billed monthly.
  • Enterprise: Contact Notion for a demo, a trial and custom pricing.
  • Notion AI: An add-on to any paid plan at $8 per member per month for annual billing and $10 per member per month for monthly billing and free plans.

Features

  • Drag-and-drop interface: Lets users build flexible, customizable workspaces.
  • Multiple view types: Offers kanban boards, tables, lists, calendar views and more for project management.
  • Project templates: Provides numerous templates to ensure teams don’t have to approach projects from scratch (Figure G).

A project management template in Notion.
Figure G: A project management template in Notion. Image: Notion

Pros

  • Highly flexible and customizable to suit various workflows.
  • Offers an all-in-one solution for project management, documentation and collaboration.
  • User-friendly interface for both technical and non-technical users.

Cons

  • Lacks native Gantt charts and time-tracking features.
  • Steeper learning curve due to the high level of customization.

Top integrations

Notion’s top integrations include Slack, Trello, Evernote Teams, Miro and TimeCamp.

Why we picked Notion

Notion is chosen for its unique combination of note-taking, database and project management functionalities. Its customizable templates and integrations provide a versatile platform for organizing work and fostering team collaboration.

For more information, read the full Notion review.

Jira Software: Best for Agile development teams

Jira Software logo.
Image: Jira Software

Jira Software is a powerful project management tool designed specifically for software development teams. It’s widely popular for its agile approach, including scrum and kanban methodologies. With a customizable platform, advanced reporting capabilities and seamless integration with other Atlassian tools, Jira Service Management has become an industry standard for software development project management.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost for up to 10 users.
  • Standard: $8.15 per user per month billed monthly, or $850 annually for 1–10 users.
  • Premium: $16 per user per month billed monthly, or $1,600 annually for 1–10 users.
  • Enterprise: Contact Jira sales for pricing information.

Features

  • Agile project management capabilities: Offers built-in scrum and kanban boards for seamless planning, tracking and releasing of software (Figure H).
  • Customizable workflows: Enables users to create and tailor workflows to suit their team’s unique processes, with the ability to add custom fields, statuses and transitions.
  • Advanced reporting and analytics: Allows teams to measure their performance, identify bottlenecks and improve their processes continuously.

A scrum board in Jira.
Figure H: A scrum board in Jira. Image: Jira

Pros

  • Highly customizable and scalable.
  • Well suited for managing complex software projects.
  • Powerful workflow automation.

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve.
  • Not as well suited for non-technical teams.

Top integrations

Jira Software’s top integrations include Confluence, Bitrix24, Bitbucket, Slack and Microsoft Teams.

Why we picked Jira Software

Jira Software stood out for its suitability for agile project management. Asana has agile features, however, Jira specializes in these features to deliver extensive issue and project tracking for agile development teams.

For more information, check out our full Jira Software review.

Smartsheet: Best for spreadsheet users

Smartsheet logo.
Image: Smartsheet

Smartsheet is a project management solution with a spreadsheet interface similar to Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. However, it offers a lot more project management features, including a task dependencies view and team collaboration tools. Smartsheet is the best Asana alternative for users who prefer a spreadsheet-based interface. With Smartsheet, you get the ability to handle large volumes of data as well as access to a wide range of pre-built templates.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost for up to one user and two editors.
  • Pro: $7 per user per month billed annually, or $9 per user per month billed monthly.
  • Business: $25 per user per month billed annually, or $32 per user per month billed monthly.
  • Enterprise: Customized pricing.

Features

  • Analytics and reporting: The tool delivers project information using real-time dashboards to ensure teams are up to speed (Figure I).
  • Team collaboration tools: You can share notes, files, PDFs, presentations and tasks, all through a centralized dashboard.
  • Built-in templates: With Smartsheet, you get a variety of built-in templates, including to-do lists, Gantt charts, agile project management and event planning.

A project dashboard in Smartsheet.
Figure I: A project dashboard in Smartsheet. Image: Smartsheet

Pros

  • Wide range of built-in templates.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Smooth transition for new users who are familiar with spreadsheets.

Cons

  • Autosave feature can be glitchy.
  • Spreadsheet-reliant interface.
  • Some pages don’t update in real-time.

Top integrations

Smartsheet’s top integrations include Microsoft Teams, Slack, Google Workspace, Salesforce and Jira.

Why we picked Smartsheet

We selected Smartsheet for its spreadsheet-like interface that appeals to Excel users and others that are used to managing their projects using spreadsheets. It’s also flexible for managing various project types and has a deep template gallery.

For more information, read the full Smartsheet review.

Hive: Best for analytics

Hive logo.
Image: Hive

While Asana is suited to businesses of all sizes, Hive is geared more towards mid-sized businesses to large enterprises. Hive offers more powerful analytics and reporting tools. With a nested task management system, Hive also offers a more hierarchical setup for project management, making it a better choice for users who prefer structure over flexibility.

Pricing

  • Free: No cost.
  • Starter: $5 per user per month billed annually, or $7 per user per month billed monthly.
  • Teams: $12 per user per month billed annually, or $18 per user month billed monthly.
  • Enterprise: Custom quote.

Features

  • Many project layouts: Has multiple project layouts, including Kanban, Gantt, Calendar, My Actions and more (Figure J).
  • Hive analytics and reporting: This feature offers a variety of tools, including reports and charts for project summaries, resource management and cost tracking.
  • Time-tracking tools: With the native time-tracking tools in Hive, you can manage project costs, optimize resource allocation and keep projects on schedule.

Kanban view in Hive.
Figure J: Kanban view in Hive. Image: Hive

Pros

  • Powerful analytics engine.
  • Visually appealing interface.
  • Clean and organized layout.

Cons

  • Some key features are only available through add-ons, which cost extra.
  • Limited user access controls.
  • Expensive compared to competitors.

Top integrations

Hive currently integrates with Google Workspace, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Jira and Github — among others.

Why we picked Hive

With Hive’s Teams and Enterprise plans, you can use set components to create dashboards, giving you a bird’s eye view of notable data points and trends. For an extra fee, you can also opt for customized dashboards, perfectly tailored to your needs. We chose Hive because of its strong data analysis, which can help your team identify what needs improvement and where the best opportunities are.

For more information, read the full Hive review.

Zoho Projects: Best for hybrid project management

Zoho Projects logo.
Image: Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects offers a blend of traditional and agile methodologies to meet a wide range of project requirements. This flexibility makes it an excellent choice for teams that need to regularly adapt their project management approach to specific needs. With features like comprehensive task management, intuitive Gantt charts and efficient resource allocation, Zoho Projects provides a robust platform for managing projects of all sizes.

Pricing

  • Premium: $4 per user per month billed annually, or $5 per user per month billed monthly.
  • Enterprise: $9 per user per month billed annually, or $10 per user per month billed monthly.

Features

  • Task management: Task automation and comprehensive task management module.
  • Gantt charts: Gantt charts and reports for project visualization and tracking.
  • Time tracking and resource management: Enables users to track time as well as resource utilization for efficient project management (Figure K).

A time tracking example in Zoho Projects.
Figure K: A time tracking example in Zoho Projects. Image: Zoho

Pros

  • Flexible project management with support for multiple methodologies.
  • User-friendly interface with minimal onboarding required.
  • Budget-friendly pricing with a generous free plan.

Cons

  • Resource management view may take some time to get accustomed to.
  • Reporting features may not be as extensive or customizable as required by some users.

Top integrations

Zoho Projects integrates with other Zoho Apps, Jira, Wrike, MS Projects, Salesforce, monday.com, Teamwork, SAP and Basecamp.

Why we picked Zoho Projects

We selected Zoho Projects for its versatility in supporting both traditional and agile project management within a single platform. It’s also a great choice if you’re already using other Zoho applications. Plus, it’s affordable and has extensive integration options.

For more information, read our full Zoho Projects review.

Microsoft Project: Best for advanced project planning

Microsoft Project logo.
Image: Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project delivers advanced project planning capabilities through thorough resource management, automated task management and pre-built reports. It shines in complex projects requiring detailed scheduling and management. With features like role assignment, timelines, Gantt charts and software integrations primarily with Microsoft products, it’s a dependable platform for project managers who want in-depth control over their projects.

Pricing

Cloud-based plans:

  • Project Plan 1: $10.00 per user per month.
  • Project Plan 3: $30.00 per user per month.
  • Project Plan 5: $55.00 per user per month.

On-premises plans:

  • Project Standard 2021: One-time fee of $679.99.
  • Project Professional 2021: One-time fee of $1,129.99.
  • Project Server: Custom quote.

Features

  • A variety of views: Timelines and Gantt charts for visual project tracking and planning.
  • Resource Management: Resource allocation tools to manage team workload and project resources (Figure L).
  • Custom Reporting: Advanced reporting features for in-depth project insights and analysis.

Resource utilization dashboard in Microsoft Project.
Figure L: Resource utilization dashboard in Microsoft Project. Image: Microsoft

Pros

  • Advanced project planning and management capabilities.
  • Detailed resource management and budgeting features.
  • Strong integration with Microsoft products.

Cons

  • Steep learning curve for beginners.
  • Limited integrations outside the Microsoft ecosystem.
  • Higher cost compared to some other project management tools.

Top integrations

Microsoft Project integrates seamlessly with Microsoft 365, Teams, SharePoint and other Microsoft products.

Why we picked Microsoft Project

We selected Microsoft Project for its sophisticated project management features that support advanced project planning and execution. Its ability to handle complex scheduling and resource allocation, coupled with its integration with other Microsoft products, makes it one of the very best for organizations deeply embedded in the Microsoft ecosystem.

For more information, read our full Microsoft Project review.

Microsoft Planner: Best for seamless Microsoft 365 integration

Microsoft Planner logo.
Image: Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Planner is designed for task management within the Microsoft 365 ecosystem, with intuitive kanban, charts and calendar views for project and task organization. Its simplicity and direct integration with Microsoft 365 apps make it a no-brainer for teams already using Microsoft products.

Pricing

Planner is included with a Microsoft 365 subscription.

  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic: $6.00 per user per month.
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium: $22.00 per user per month.

For enterprises:

  • Microsoft 365 F3: $8.00 per user per month
  • Microsoft 365 E5: $57.00 per user per month.

Features

  • Task management: Delivers task management features with kanban board, charts and calendar views (Figure M).
  • Role assignment: Delegates project roles to ensure clear delineation of project responsibilities.
  • Collaboration: Integrated with Microsoft 365 tools like Teams and SharePoint for seamless collaboration.

A kanban board example in Planner.
Figure M: A kanban board example in Planner. Image: Planner

Pros

  • Intuitive task management suitable for simple projects.
  • Direct integration with Microsoft 365 enhances workflow continuity.
  • Effective for teams already using Microsoft products.

Cons

  • Limited features compared to more comprehensive project management tools.
  • Lack of task segmentation among assigned users.

Top integrations

Microsoft Planner integrates flawlessly with Microsoft 365 apps, including Teams, Outlook and SharePoint, and offers optional integrations with external apps like Slack and Zapier.

Why we picked Microsoft Planner

We chose Microsoft Planner for its seamless integration with Microsoft 365. It’s a straightforward task management solution that leverages the familiar Microsoft environment. Teams looking for an integrated solution within their existing Microsoft workflow will appreciate Planner’s simplicity and effectiveness.

For more information, check out our full Microsoft Planner review.

Is Asana worth it?

Asana is one of the top project management solutions. Known for its outstanding scalability, it offers feature-rich software with a quick and responsive interface. The flexibility offered by Asana makes it suitable for teams of all sizes, including small businesses, freelancers and startups — and even large businesses and enterprises.

Asana’s standout features include its variety of pre-built templates, an organized and intuitive interface, a variety of importing options and an extensive list of integrations. Asana is a great choice for individuals or teams that are already using Atlassian products like Jira and Confluence. Integration with these Atlassian applications helps extend the functionality of Asana. For example, you can add issue-tracking features with Asana or improve document management capabilities with Confluence.

Asana pros and cons

Understanding Asana’s pros and cons will not only help you make an informed decision as to whether it is the right software for your needs but also help you understand the drawbacks of the software so you know what to look for in alternative solutions.

Pros Cons
Excellent scalability. Advanced tools have a steep learning curve.
Variety of data import options. Can feel overly complex for simple project management tasks.
Team-specific workflows. Native time-tracking available only in higher pricing plans.
Wide range of third-party integrations. Can be costly for small teams.

Asana pricing

Asana’s plans are split between two groups — individuals and small teams for one and businesses and enterprises for the other. It delivers three plans for individuals and small teams:

  • Personal: Free for unlimited tasks, projects, messages, activity logs and file storage.
  • Starter: $10.99 per user per month billed annually, or $13.49 per user billed monthly.
  • Advanced: $24.99 per user per month billed annually, or $30.49 per user billed monthly.

For larger businesses, it offers Enterprise and Enterprise+, but you have to contact Asana’s sales team for pricing information.

Do you need an alternative to Asana?

All project management software has its pros and cons. Asana might not offer certain features or tools that you require. For instance, while Asana offers analytics, there are other project management solutions that offer more advanced capabilities in this respect, such as Hive.

Likewise, Asana might feel overly complicated for basic project management. Asana’s advanced tools have a steep learning curve, so users will have to invest time and effort into mastering the software. If you don’t need advanced tools, consider a more simple solution, such as Trello. Ultimately, the answer to the question of whether you need an alternative to Asana depends on your unique needs and priorities.

Methodology

To identify the best Asana alternatives for 2024, we considered tools that we expected to deliver project management with nuance from Asana. And from these 13 tools, we based our evaluation on their features, usability, user experience, integrations and pricing.

We tested most of the tools for a first-hand experience of features, usability and user experience. However, a few tools lacked free trials and free plans, requiring subscription to access the tools. For these, we examined demos and formed an opinion across our evaluation criteria. We then compared our practical findings with those of other real-world users to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each tool and understand the unique value of each tool compared to Asana.


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