Giving constructive feedback is key to building a team. Here are 5 easy steps to get it right.

Many managers are uncomfortable giving feedback, especially when it’s negative. This discomfort often turns into anxiety and avoiding it altogether. As a result, a problem that’s fixable when addressed early can become a huge problem when the right feedback is never given.  With a little bit of training, you can fix this destructive behavior and […]

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New to Project Management? Here’s the Complete Manual on Running Projects of all Kinds

Why did we collect all of these project management tips? Approximately 66% of the people who manage projects in any given organization have no training of any kind in project management. This can result in a lot of challenges for organizations, for teams, and for the people who are managing projects without formal training. We’ve […]

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The Top 10 Skills For Leading Millennials

Millennials have grown to be the largest population of working adults in the last few years. That means managers need to have some key skills to be able to work with them. Leading Millennials entails understanding that they’re mobile first, not especially tied to traditional models of work, and want to have a say in […]

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The Ideal Collaborative Workflow For Marketers and Developers

With today’s reliance on digital media, it can be a huge advantage to have a specialized team of developers working to implement the ideas of your marketing specialists, efficiently fix any issues that come along, and implement changes that ensure the company can reach achieve its website goals. There are definite advantages to having a […]

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The Ultimate Agile Terminology Dictionary

For many traditional teams new to agile methodology, understanding the entire agile process can feel a bit overwhelming. But the best way to conquer being overwhelmed is to be prepared. We created this Agile terminology dictionary to help you understand the most common Agile terms, and work more efficiently with your team. And at the […]

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Make Your Life Easier With a Project Plan Template. Here are 4 We Love! 

Every project worth finishing deserves to have a real plan behind it. A good plan will keep your project on track when unexpected problems pop up, help you come up with realistic deadlines, and provide a clear picture of the scope. However rather than building a project plan from scratch, why not use a pre-made project […]

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The 5 Project Management Skills Every PM Needs to Master

Project management is a job that’s easy to underestimate, with project managers themselves often inaccurately lowballing how much coffee they’ll need to get through to project completion. With the wide array of workload that falls on a PM, it becomes important to master several key skills to help you manage it all.  So without further […]

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How to Lead (and Survive) a Cross Functional Team Project

Running a project is hard enough when you’re managing just one team. Now imagine running several together. Welcome to a cross functional team manager’s life… Running a multi-team project is no easy task. The more people from various departments and functions come together to work on a collective goal, the messier things get. Not to […]

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The Top 5 Tips for Building a Project Plan

Coming up with a project plan is a big undertaking. There can be a lot of moving parts to keep track of, and through it all, you’ve got to stay focused on the ultimate goal of getting to the finish line.  There are always plenty of nitty-gritty details to work out but take some time […]

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The Practical Guide to Team Goal Mapping

Project managers can increase productivity and team cohesion with team goal mapping, but for it to be effective it has to be properly developed and documented. Fortunately, there is a constant flow of new tools and updates to existing tools that can make this process easier and more effective. Here are 2018’s top tips for […]

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How to Stay Organized as a Product Manager

When you’re a product manager, staying organized isn’t easy. With everything riding on your shoulders, you have to be ready to shift gears on a moment’s notice, or to troubleshoot the product’s development cycle. Staying organized is crucial. Ready to impose a little order on the chaos you’re navigating? Here are a few ideas you’ll […]

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How to Find and Improve Hidden Team Processes

Everyday team processes usually form when managers lay out the steps and get input from their team. If the team agrees the process is reasonable and effective, it gets encoded into the project management tool they’re using. But what about the processes that develop organically between teams? Such workflows aren’t always efficient. Informal team processes […]

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The complete Asana shortkeys guide + chance to win a sweet customized keyboard!

Here at Unito, we love every work management tool. They’re all great at different things! Asana is one of the most popular tools we build syncs with and we thought it would be super handy to create and share around a handy downloadable resource with all of the shortkeys in a easy to use image. […]

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How to Transition from Traditional to Agile Project Management

When your projects are running behind schedule and the outcomes aren’t meeting the standards you’re hoping to reach, it’s time to take a hard look at your project management framework to see if it’s holding you back. Old, traditional project management methodologies can be cumbersome and inefficient, and if you’re still using them, odds are […]

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What Bad Team Collaboration is Costing You, and How to Fix it

Anybody can run a team, but few people know how to run an efficient team. The difference between the two are obvious; like two sailing ships racing on the open sea. A ship whose crew is constantly at odds and doesn’t cooperate will always lag behind the ship with the more united and coordinated crew. […]

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Becoming a Manager? Here’s your Survival Guide

Becoming a manager is a jungle of creeping scopes, tangled dependencies, and hidden pitfalls. Your teams scramble to push projects through this wild mess to the other side, but need capable managers who can guide them down the right path and keep them functioning as an effective unit. Unfortunately, not all managers are up to […]

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How to Pick a Strategy for Agile Transformation in Your Company

Changing a company’s processes to boost productivity and make it more agile can be tough. From start to finish, there are a thousand questions that you need to answer about purpose, tooling, training, implementation, and so on. We’re not going to talk about all of the tactics at the moment; they will vary widely from […]

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How to Make Each Business Process in Your Team More Productive

For many people, “business process” has a bad name. It’s associated with long meetings, and even longer meetings that are about the meetings you just had. It’s also associated with how many long documents are floating around your office that nobody reads. Business process gets a bad name, because even the best-planned processes can’t account […]

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How to Integrate Process Improvement into Your Project

A team is like a machined product; multiple moving parts coming together to produce something extraordinary. Project managers in this case function like product managers: However to continuously improve the product, the product manager must make deliberate improvements to the project’s processes. Here’s how process improvement can be done:   1. Establish a baseline   […]

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5 Organizational Skills Every Manager Must Know

Try to picture the perfect manager. What do they do, and how do they act? Different companies call for different management styles, but some things are universal. You probably imagine a manager that has a clear and consistent vision for the project they’re overseeing, who knows how to pinpoint specific problems, while still keeping their […]

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Use Agile Methodology to Better Lead Your Team

A lot of teams talk about how they’re going to “do agile” or how they’re undertaking “agile transformation”. They hire consultants to teach them “One True Way” to manage a project team with Agile methodology, yet still find themselves easily screwing up their agile processes. There is a lot of information spread across thousands of […]

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How to Build a Practice of Efficient Communication Across Your Team

Teams only perform as well as they communicate. If you have smooth and efficient communication, then tasks flow easily from person to person. However if communication is problematic, the process gets muddled, deadlines are missed and work quality is poor. These bad communication practices will hurt your team morale and culture if left to languish. […]

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How to Choose the Right Leadership Styles For Your Team’s Needs

As a team leader, you probably noticed that it’s not easy always to choose the right leadership styles. For example, encouraging your team to participate in decision-making and overachieve are great ways to keep them motivated and effective. However there may be a couple people in your team who just can’t seem to catch up […]

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Project Prioritization: Create a Destination for Unsorted Tasks in Asana and Trello

As your team progresses through a project, new tasks will likely be added to it frequently. If the said project has been prioritized and organized into lists, it’s important to create a destination for new tasks – to separate them from those which have already been planned and sorted. Otherwise, when a team member adds […]

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Implementing Performance Management In 4 Steps

If you want to improve your team’s motivation, competency, and engagement, a performance management system can definitely do the trick. It’ll help your team members understand their objectives and expectations, and improve their relationship with you – their manager. However the key is to implement it properly. If you’ve never used performance management with your team before, […]

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Remote Management 101: How To Empower Your Remote Team With Digital Tools

There are many advantages to allowing employees work remotely. Cost savings; access to a broader talent pool without concern for geographic location; and granting workers the flexibility, convenience, and comfort of working from home are just a few. However, a remote team that doesn’t have the online remote management tools necessary to communicate, organize, structure, […]

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Collaborating with Developers? Here’s Why You Should Build A Growth Marketing Team

Most of the time, a company’s website is owned by both the marketing and development teams. Marketing creates the content and design, while the dev team owns the coding. However this this joint ownership often results in divergent priorities, inefficient communication, and issues in cross-team collaboration. The developers may plan their sprints separately, and marketing’s […]

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Workflowy vs Dynalist for Building To-Do Lists

When you’re managing several solo projects at the same time, it can seem your like life is one long To-Do list. Each project has a list, each meeting has a list; there are lists of things that need to be done, there are lists of lists. A great solution to managing all these is using […]

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Why Single Source of Truth Data Systems Kill Team Collaboration

Every department in your organization will use different tools to carry out their tasks – and this can lead to information silos. To address this problem, some companies have tried to create a centralized database that holds a ‘Single Source of Truth’ (SSoT), aggregating data from all their other platforms to create an up-to-date view […]

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Asana Tips and Tricks: Save Time With Batch Operations on Tasks

As a manager, you may need to handle multiple Asana tasks, with little time to do so. To-do’s like setting task due dates, marking tasks complete, or adding assignees probably take up a large chunk of your day. But rather than performing these actions on a task-by-task basis, what if you could save time by […]

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How To Nail Team Leadership By Adopting a Growth Mindset

Managing a big project can be overwhelming. Yet many of the obstacles and team leadership issues project managers face stem from the way they respond to challenges, mistakes, and constructive criticism from their team. Psychologist Carol Dweck explained that people respond to hardships with either a growth mindset or a fixed one. The former consistently outperform […]

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3 Easy Ways to Add Agile Methodology to Your GitHub Projects AND Keep Developers Happy

If you are a founder, product manager, scrum manager, or technical lead working with a team of developers, you’ll be familiar with the fact that it’s not always easy to add agile methodology to their workflow. Especially if you try to get developers to use software they don’t understand, think they need, or want to […]

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Asana Tips and Tricks: Stay Efficient with Quick Add

As a manager, you may need to assign numerous Asana tasks, with little time to do so. At times, you might want to create a task (or project, or conversation) on the go via mobile. Or you might want to save time by doing so from any webpage, without having to actually open Asana. You […]

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Marketers, Here’s How To Collaborate With Web Developers

If you are managing a marketing team, you are probably familiar with the experience of working with developers on certain projects. Joint projects between marketing and developers can be challenging for both teams, since they have different work processes and styles. As a result, the two teams often clash. One of the challenges you likely […]

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How To Organize Your Asana Project By Converting Tasks To Subtasks

Working on a project means having endless lists of tasks, longer than CVS receipts. This can make it tough to find specific info or pinpoint a specific task. It might also be downright overwhelming! The number of tasks you have on Asana isn’t going to get any smaller. But fortunately, you don’t have to spend […]

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An Oldie But Goodie: 5 Benefits To Using Basecamp

These days, project management software tools are a dime a dozen. On our blog alone, we’ve highlighted some of the benefits of using Trello, JIRA, Wrike and Asana to name a few. But today we are throwin’ it back to 1999 when one of the first project management software platforms was created under the name […]

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How To Maximize Cross-Functional Team Productivity In 3 Steps

Are you a leader who is determined to run a successful cross-functional team (CFT)? Managing such teams and ensuring they are productive is not always easy. However with proper planning, CFTs have the potential to execute complex projects and achieve huge company goals. While the idea of a high-functioning dynamic team is well understood, many […]

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How To Manage Your Cross-Functional Team With Agile

You’ve probably heard of the term “agile” being tossed around but probably aren’t familiar of what exactly agile does or why it’s an important workflow, especially when it comes to managing a cross-functional team. Wait, a cross-functional what? A cross-functional team by definition is a team that includes specialists from all different areas of a […]

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7 Ways to Efficiently Manage Your Tasks and Deadlines Using Trello

Not sure how you can effectively manage your cards, lists and tasks? No worries! In this article, we’ll discuss how you can stay on top of everything and easily manage your deadlines in Trello.   1. Use Color Coded Labels   Trello enables you to add color-coded goals, tasks and projects to make keeping track of […]

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Why Transparency Is Vital To Engaging Millennial Employees

Workplace transparency is very important to millennials, much more so than to most other generational cohorts. This generation which consists of people born between the year 1980 and 2000, tends to look for more honesty, meaning, and flexibility in the teams they work for. Honest, transparent leadership is one of the main leadership traits they […]

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Here’s How Managers Can Save Time (8 Hours!!) Each Week By Syncing Tools

Long gone are the days when managers used email as the main source of communication and collaboration with their teams. The number of software tools companies use for business processes has skyrocketed in the past few years. According to Siftery, tech giants like Uber, Facebook, and Apple use a whopping 140 to 175 different tools […]

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5 Essential Steps To Leading A Remote Team

Leadership is challenging in any context. Yet when you mix in factors associated with a remote team, such as limited communication, disengagement, and different time-zones, it becomes even more so. Unlike traditional work environments, leading a remote team tends to be more disorienting, time-consuming, and complex. In today’s world, technology changed the way people do […]

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4 Easy Steps To Master Project Management

Managing a project is not an easy journey. There are several roads you can take to nailing project management, and of course the same path won’t work for everyone. Yet something that will make any PM’s journey easier, is following a few tried and tested tips. We’ve done the research (so you don’t have to) […]

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Git your teams connected with GitLab sync + more filters & features!

Launched in beta a few weeks ago and now available to everyone, our new GitLab integration lets you sync GitLab issues with any other app in the Unito family! Whether you’re managing your work in JIRA, Trello, Wrike, or other tools, you can collaborate with a team using GitLab issues in a flash. Set up […]

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Connect your whole project team with Atlassian Team Sync

Atlassian has a suite of products that are great tools at all levels and for every team in an organization. From business teams using Trello, product managers using JIRA, and developers using BitBucket, a whole company can track its work and plan projects entirely on the Atlassian stack. But working between these tools has always […]

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5 Ways your Project Management Tools are Letting Your Team Down

The life of a product manager is not easy. There are so many elements that go into building a great product and it’s their job not only to lead the creation of the product but take ownership over both the process and the outcome. One of the biggest frustrations we often hear about when it […]

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JIRA syncs just got 67% easier!

Connect JIRA to Anything We just made setting up a sync with JIRA much easier than ever before thanks to our new JIRA login / password authentication. What does that mean? It used to be that you needed to have administrator access for the projects that you were syncing to connect via OAuth. Now you […]

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How Tech Teams And Non-Tech Teams Can Communicate Better

Poor communication costs companies an estimated $37 billion in lost productivity every year. One of the biggest barriers for many teams is the line of communication between the technical and non-technical teams. Not only do different teams tend to speak different languages (literally and figuratively), but they also often work in different ways. SCRUM and […]

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Love chat tools? 😍 You’re killing your team. 💔 These 3 steps fix it. 💯

Asynchronous communication is key to unlocking your team’s ability to focus & succeed. Here’s how to do it right. If you’re interested in personal productivity at all, you almost certainly know that being interrupted in your work has huge costs to your ability to create high quality and timely results in any field. While a […]

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Take Control of Your Team’s Work in 5 Easy Steps

Getting started organizing your team’s work is the most crucial and hardest part of building a good workflow. At Unito, we know a lot about how different tools and workflows interact. If you’re new at this, here’s our guide to taking control of your team’s workflow in 5 easy steps So what are the steps? […]

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💡: Use Trello for Kanban backlog management ✅ of many Asana lists

If you’re anything like us at Unito, you have about a million feature requests in your backlog (well, actually, 571 as of today). Also, if you’re anything like us, you have them in more than one project. It’s not easy to convert several Asana projects from traditional lists to a Kanban backlog board. With last […]

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The best work management tool is the one you build

What makes a good work management tool? Work management styles are like belly buttons: everyone has their own. With something like 146 million workers in the US alone, that’s a lot of belly buttons. The common tools used to manage work may not fit your style. Rather than work with an uncomfortable system that you don’t like, […]

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Sync with Trello Powerups 💪 right from your Trello board 👍

You may know that we launched Trello support in Unito a few weeks ago, but that was just the beginning. Get powered up in Trello with our new Power Up that lets you sync Trello with Asana, GitHub, JIRA, and Trello right from your Trello board! We have power ups for each of these 4 platforms, […]

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New Year’s Resolution Ideas: The Intentful Business

We’ve been talking about intent at the office recently, and how it changes so much about business, success, and life. As we round out the last of 2016 and head into the new year, let us at Unito.io suggest to you a good resolution, if you’re looking for one. Be more intentful. We integrate tools […]

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Project Management Outlook for 2017

One of the rising trends in 2015 and 2016 has been the increasing complexity of work. We’ve written before about over-collaboration and how it makes work hard, but what other trends are emerging in the product / project management space? There are a few trends that we’ve been reading about. More companies are embracing decentralized […]

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The rise of collaboration @ work (& what you can do about it)

In the last decade, the amount that the average knowledge worker is expected to collaborate with people who are not part of their immediate team has increased a lot. Maybe an incalculable amount. With the advent of open-plan offices, 24-hour connectivity to Slack, Facebook Workplaces, and more, there’s basically no limit to how much of […]

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7 Awesome Teamwork Hacks You Need To Know Now

A team is only as good as how cohesively it works together.  To ensure that your team operates efficiently, it needs to feel great about itself & be motivated to do their absolute best work yet.  There are countless methods that companies implement in order to make their teams better, but here are some of […]

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9 Simple Ways To Becoming A More Efficient Person

If you look at the definition of efficiency, you will find that it is defined as the prevention of wastefulness, achieving maximum productivity with the least amount of resources, and in terms of a business environment specifically, it means working in a well-organized and competent manner.  No matter how you define efficiency, the reality is that […]

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The Daily Scrum – Unito Style

Preparing your day and what you will be doing is of immense importance to your productivity and success.  This is why daily scrums have increasingly been adopted  throughout various companies.  What’s a daily scrum you may ask? A daily scrum is sort of like a meeting, albeit brief.  It usually takes place in the morning […]

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The Must-Have Collaboration Tool For Startups & Freelancers

When it comes to collaboration tools, what differentiates the great ones from the rest of the pack, is their ability to make your job easier, while not having to force you to adapt or learn a new way of operating.  Here at Unito, we believe (yes, we know we are biased!) that our platform which allows […]

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Why is Syncing Your Project Management Tools Beneficial To You?

The benefits of having your project management tools completely in sync are manifold.  Here are some of the most important benefits, which could help in entirely transforming the way your team operates: Greater Flexibility There are a multitude of different project management apps/softwares out on the market.  Each has their own strengths and appeal to […]

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The 12 Tips You Need To Know Today To Increase Your Productivity

Greater productivity can assist us in overcoming even greater obstacles.  So how can we get ourselves to be more productive & efficient in this highly demanding and competitive landscape?  Perhaps the following 12 tips can help inspire you: Single Purpose Focus Although we live in an ever increasing fast-paced & rapid developing environment & that […]

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Which Project Management App is Right For You?

With such a selection of different project management tools now out on the market, it can be quite overwhelming to decide which one to commit to.  The answer to this really depends on what you will be doing, and how you will be using it.  Let’s try to give you a little bit of insight […]

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Developers: make a Github roadmap with Asana like a boss

A CTO or product manager wants to know if a project is on schedule and over budget. GitHub is great at managing the code, but it’s not going to help you quickly show the team a project roadmap. At Unito, we make it easy to sync GitHub and Asana to create a live roadmap. If you haven’t […]

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Manage your Github open source projects with Asana

GitHub has become the de-facto platform for open source projects, and not just because it’s free! GitHub issues have therefore become the way for the community to report bugs and request features on those projects. This often leads to a massive volume of issues that quickly become unmanageable because GitHub lacks more advanced classification, prioritization […]

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Use Asana’s multi-project management features to automatically manage your multiple dev projects in Github

How many projects are you managing at the same time? Are they all performed by the same team, each using the same tools? Do you have to keep your project plans updated manually? If managing projects was easy, project managers would not exist… Turns out Asana is a pretty good tool to plan and keep […]

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Leverage Asana for analysis & design and then push into Github, the best tool for coding

We often hear a common complaint from developers to their managers: stop polluting my GitHub repository with fluffy ideas that aren’t ready to be implemented! Waterfall development may be out, but analysis and design are here to stay, however agile you may be. Before a tasks is ready to be coded, it often needs to […]

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When Project Management Tools Break Down

There are hundreds of project management apps out there. And that’s without counting to-do apps or more general productivity apps that deal with projects. Although software to manage projects has existed for decades, there is still no clear leader in that space. I think this diversity in tools is actually a great thing! Have a […]

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Asana Power Tools launched

Crosscheck has laid its first egg, and it was nursed crafted for Asana users looking to empower their favourite task management tool. It scratches a few itches I often have with Asana, but it’s also a proof of concept for the bigger vision of collaborating across tools. Here are the core features: Quick-add tasks, just […]

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The Collaboration Tool Conundrum

Is everyone in your team using the same collaboration toolset? How about within your organization? If you’ve answered yes to both questions, then you probably have one big system that does everything. But let me guess: it doesn’t fit everyone’s needs, there are complaints, rebellion is brewing, whips are crackin’. And if your team is […]

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