The Slack/Asana hybrid of my dreams — and yours?
David Robinson
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I use both and share your focus issues. Immediacy is what gets my attention and things that should get pulled from the back burner often wait until the *exact* last minute, then my hair’s on fire and I’m logging another 15-hour day.

I built a 300-task Asana work plan for a recurring type of project we do. Just getting it from the template to a newly-named project takes minutes … not kidding. But once it’s there, I love it.

The problem is getting the rest of my team to love it. Nope. They message me — or call! — on Slack in order to get instant answers to the minutiae-of-the-minute. Slack lets you call! No video feed. Just voice. Ugh. Why not just use the phone?

We also use propriety documents from affiliated partners. I can’t link to them. I must make a dropbox and manually re-create what already exists elsewhere.

Asana would hit paydirt if it mimicked Google’s chat/hangouts paradigm. It records all chat. It timestamps all video events. It lets a team of up to 5 have a quick face-to-face without signing into a new app. It supports screen share. If that were memorialized within the Asana workflow … oh man. “Matt Fast shared his screen, 14:12 06/13/16, ‘ProspectiveClient24 proforma’ Excel window active.” How useful would that be when trying to figure out which version of the financials everyone finally agreed on?

You’re correct about updates. When working in Google docs, you can see what all the team members are doing in the doc live. Asana would do well to mimic this functionality — while they’re still in a position to do so without the albatross of 30 years of legacy protocols that need to be layered in (i.e.: MS Office products). Right now, updates just “pop” in seemingly randomly and it’s always a huge interruption to workflow and train of thought.

I have high hopes for Asana. Slack still seems superfluous to me, but maybe I’m missing its core value proposition somehow.