How I Use Asana
If you are interested in how others use Asana, here is how I use it. My team of five Engineers and BAs use the Kanban methodology to manage our workload. I created some standard Kanban columns; however, we don’t use Kanban Work-in-Progress (WIP) limits. Asana doesn’t support WIPs, but I’m not sure that we would use them even if they were supported. In lieu of WIPs, we use icons/emojis to call focus to our most important initiatives. You can probably guess what each emoji represents, but if not:
- Hair on fire - Top priorities set by our stakeholders
- Timebomb - Not quite a top priority but important enough that it’s tic, tic, ticking until it gets prioritized or it blows up
- Fireman - The poop hit the fan, requiring a firefight
- Whack-a-mole - Important requests that randomly appear but cannot be ignored
- Ponder - To-be-prioritized by stakeholders
By the way, I would love to start using this "Shoddy Idea" emoji, but I don't think the stakeholders would find it as funny as I do.