Asana's new feature lets users mark what tasks are holding them up

The Dependencies feature is aimed at making its software more useful for complex processes

One of the biggest issues with collaborative work is sitting around twiddling your thumbs while waiting for someone else to get their work done. Asana announced a new feature on Thursday that's aimed at cutting down on emails asking when a particular task will be finished. 

Users of the collaboration and tracking software will be able to mark that a task they're assigned to is waiting for someone else to complete their work, using the new Dependencies feature. That way, for example, a designer can say her final layout of a web page is waiting on a marketer to put the finishing touches on the copy and on images that are supposed to be included. 

The new feature is part of the company's push to be more relevant and useful to a broader number of organizations, according to Asana co-founder and CEO Justin Rosenstein. This feature is aimed at helping Asana better fit into businesses and other organizations with complex processes. 

When users say they're waiting for another piece of the work to be completed, a banner will show up on the task they're working on. Once all of the blocks on their progress have been cleared, they will be notified that they're ready to go. 

Asana already somewhat supported this through the ability to follow the progress of other users' tasks. However, that feature notified users of all activity on a particular task, including comments, due date changes, and more. Dependencies is a feature that's designed more for people who just want to know when a step in a project is completed.

Asana's access controls will make sure that people who have private projects will be able to mark dependencies for public projects without those notifications showing up places that they shouldn't, Rosenstein said. In other words, a team can track the progress of tasks that are holding up a secret project without informing the whole company that a secret project exists. 

The news comes three months after Asana announced it had raised a US$50 million round of venture capital funding. At that time, the company reported it had 13,000 customers, including Duolingo, Khan Academy, and Simplehuman. 

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?