Asana vs Favro: 2024 Comparison

Asana and Favro are two of the most popular project management tools available today.

But how do they stack up against each other?

Which one manages tasks better?
Which one helps you allocate resources more effectively?
Which one is more affordable?

Discover all the answers in our detailed comparison guide.

A. Project and Task Management

Get. Things. Done. 

You and every project manager likely live by those words.

It’s also the heart and soul of any project management software. 

This is why, before anything else, you must evaluate a tool’s ability to help you manage your tasks and projects.

Features to look out for:

  • Project structure: A simple, intuitive way to organize work and toggle through multiple projects, tasks, boards, etc. 
  • Views: Board, list, timeline, Gantt, and other types of views that let you visualize various types of information within each project.
  • Tasks & subtasks: Dedicated spaces offering the ability to drill down to the smallest level of actionable detail about each project item. 
  • Statuses: Effortless ways to communicate the exact progress of each task, board, project, etc.
  • Checklists: Quick to-do lists for each task so things don’t fall through the cracks 
  • Task templates: Easy-to-copy templates to create identical tasks at scale across multiple projects. 
  • Assignees: The ability to assign tasks, boards, or projects to individual team members, groups, or even teams. 
  • Priorities: A way to communicate the urgency level of each task, subtask, or project. 
  • Automations: Trigger-based (if X happens then do Y); ways to automate repetitive actions such as notifications, comments, status updates, etc.

1. Project Structure / Hierarchy

a. Asana

Split your Asana workspace into individual Tasks, Projects, and Portfolios leading up to high-level Goals.

Goals > Portfolios > Projects > Tasks > Subtasks 

  • Goals: High-level targets for the team to work towards.
  • Portfolios: Containers for similar-themed Tasks and Projects. 
  • Projects: Divide your work into specific projects to indicate specific initiatives and objectives. 
  • Tasks: Individual actionable items within projects with due dates that can be assigned to specific team members. 
  • Subtasks: Smaller actions within individual tasks.

b. Favro

Organize your workflow within the Favro work hierarchy as follows:

Workspaces > Collections > Lists (Backlogs) > Boards > Cards

  • Workspaces: Groups of collections, teams, projects, etc.
  • Collections: Distinct spaces for teams, projects, clients, locations, etc.
  • Lists (Backlogs): A prioritized view of all the tasks related to a particular project or client.
  • Boards: A drag-and-drop kanban-style look at the work, workflow, and progress of items in a list.
  • Cards: Individual tasks or work items that provide assignees details and an area to discuss progress.

Favro_Project_Structure

2. Views

a. Asana

Asana offers six handy ways to visualize your projects and tasks:

  • Kanban board: Organize your work like sticky notes on a board. You can track progress through different stages with this view. 
  • List: Presents your work as a to-do list, capturing every task in a project or process in one place.
  • Timeline: Maps out project plans on a timeline to show the relationship between tasks and keep work on track. 
  • Calendar: Provides a calendar view of work to spot scheduling conflicts and overlaps. 
  • Gantt chart: Offers a bird’s-eye view of projects, schedules, and dependencies.
  • Files: Shows you all the images, documents, and files attached to tasks in a project.

b. Favro

Favro offers five handy ways to view your work:

  • Kanban: A left-to-right flow of work that organizes cards by task status, allowing users to drag and drop cards as they move through the project stages.
  • Sheet: A table-style overview of all cards and their crucial fields (E.g., Owner, priority, status, etc.).
  • Timeline: A way to oversee task scheduling and work towards goals.
  • Cards: Allows you to prioritize cards and break down goals into actionable steps
  • Charts: Set up charts to visualize data like the number of cards compared to available time, bottlenecks, and efficiency over time. Save your charts for regular use.

Favro_Views

3. Tasks & Subtasks

a. Asana

Set up tasks with clear ownership of different to-do’s and actionable steps in a project. 

Tasks can provide information on:

  • Assignees and collaborators
  • Task Description for details or instructions
  • Start and Due Dates
  • Attachments
  • Task Dependencies
  • Custom Fields for Labels

Break tasks up into smaller subtasks to divide the work among a team.

b. Favro

Favro represents tasks and subtasks as cards. You can also create cards as “child items” under a parent card to indicate smaller work items required to progress a larger task.

When setting up a card, you can add details like:

  • Relationship to other cards, statuses, boards, lists, or collections
  • Task description
  • Dependencies
  • Task status
  • Members (assignees)
  • Tags
  • Fields and custom fields
  • Checklists
  • Files
  • Tables
  • Bullet lists

Favro_Tasks_Subtasks

4. Statuses

a. Asana

Use the Overview tab in the project to get a complete picture of the project’s current status: On Track, At Risk, Off Track, or Complete.

At the Project or Portfolio level, use the Custom Fields options to set various progress stages or any other field you need to communicate about. Then, you can select the relevant option to update a Task’s status.

b. Favro

Create custom statuses for lists or boards to outline the workflow of your projects and processes.

Favro_Statuses

5. Checklists

a. Asana

Asana doesn’t offer the functionality to add checklists to your tasks. 

b. Favro

Add checklists to cards to remind assignees of crucial steps. You can mention specific members in checklist items to indicate responsibilities.

Additionally, if a checklist grows too long, you can convert the checklist or any individual list items into cards.

6. Task Templates

a. Asana

Create repeatable workflows via task templates that let you automatically set details like:

  • Task type
  • Task title
  • Assignee
  • Project
  • Due date
  • Dependencies
  • Tags
  • Attachments

You can create a task template by converting an existing task into a template. 

Note: This closes the current task.

b. Favro

Recreate your best processes by templatizing your existing cards, boards, lists, or collections. 

Templatized cards can retain detail fields like time estimates, assignees, dates, checklists, etc. You can set a card template as the default for any new cards created in a certain board or list.

Favro_Task_Templates

7. Assignees

a. Asana

You can assign tasks only to one person at a time. However, you can add multiple collaborators who can view and edit the task alongside the assignee.

b. Favro

Assign cards to members individually or create member Groups and assign cards to a whole team at once.

8. Priorities

a. Asana

Asana

Add a custom field for priority levels on your project. Set low, medium, and high priority levels for each task.

b. Favro

Favro doesn’t have any default priority levels. However, you can easily create them using Custom Fields. Doing so will display a new column in a list and a Field on a card with your custom priority markers in color-coded bubbles. You can then sort and filter your boards and lists by card priority.

9. Automations

a. Asana

Streamline your project workflows with Asana’s rules and other automations.

  • Rules: Set up automation rules to perform an action based on a trigger — E.g., When you create a task within a certain project, automatically assign it to the project’s manager.
  • Bundles: Create Bundles of fields, sections, rules, and task templates and apply them to multiple projects at once.
  • Form automations: Create forms and automate actions based on form responses.

b. Favro

With Favro, you can create automation rules consisting of Triggers and one or more Actions. Alternatively, browse a library of pre-made automation templates.

Favro_Automations

B. Time Management

Time is money for a reason. 

The right software can be the difference between pinching pennies and raking in the big bucks.

Effective project management software offers effortless time management features to help you befriend the clock. 

With the right one, expect to keep all your tasks running as scheduled and meet your deadlines with ease. 

Features to look out for include:

  • Due dates: Communicate expected delivery dates.  
  • Time estimates: Make capacity decisions based on how much time each task or project is expected to take. 
  • Time tracking: Measure productivity with accurate time consumption data for each team member. 

1. Due Dates

a. Asana

You can set custom due dates as a feature in project templates in Asana. 

b. Favro

Use the Timeline field on cards to set start and due dates for tasks. These will link to the Timeline View.

2. Time Estimates

a. Asana

Use time estimates to set a projected time and compare it with the actual time spent on a task. The field is only available after enabling the native time-tracking feature.

b. Favro

When you create a card, you can set a time estimate as a guideline for members. Additionally, set a billable rate to include a budget for tasks.

3. Time Tracking

a. Asana

Asana’s embedded time tracker allows you to measure exactly how long work takes by monitoring screen activity. 

Using the embedded time tracker, you can also: 

  • Manually track the time spent on tasks.
  • Stop the timer and come back to the task later.
  • Open a detailed log to see who tracked time for a task and when.

b. Favro

Favro doesn’t have a native time-tracking feature. However, it does offer task timesheets, on which members can manually fill in the time they spent working on the task.

C. Reporting

What you can’t measure, you can’t improve. 

Reporting and analytics features can help you track real-time progress, monitor key metrics, and sniff out bottlenecks like a detective.  

Armed with these insights, your team can stay ahead of the curve no matter the situation. 

Expect better resource management, superior deadline compliance, and a more focused and decisive team.

Features to look out for include:

  • Goals and milestones: Record targets for the whole team to see and work towards.
  • Dashboards: Visualize data from all corners of the team into a user-friendly, interactive interface.
  • Gantt charts: Keep your plans flexible with Gantt charts that allow you to adjust timelines based on changing resource availability and task completion ratio. 

1. Goals & Milestones

a. Asana

In terms of goal-setting, Asana enables you to:

  • Create company-wide and team-specific Goals
  • Set milestones for tasks.
  • Access activity history of goal interactions
  • Filter to see Open, Closed, or All goals
  • Categorize goals as objectives, key results, or individual goals

b. Favro

Setting up goals in Favro is all about your backlog (lists). Here, you’ll create parent and child tasks, breaking work down into bite-sized chunks to help you progress toward your goals.

You can track goal progress with the Advanced Progress Management feature, which displays completion percentage bars on your lists. You can choose to measure completion by task status or card checklist completion.

2. Dashboards

a. Asana

Asana Dashboards provide quick access to crucial project progress and task completion data​​.

Share them with your team members and customize these Dashboards with the following types of charts:

  • Column
  • Donut
  • Assignee
  • Burn, and 
  • Line charts

b. Favro

In Favro, you can set up custom dashboards to gather data from multiple boards and collections and see visual representations using widgets.

The widgets include:

  • Pie charts
  • Bar charts
  • Tables
  • Sheets
  • Burndowns

You can choose the specific fields from the sources you’d like displayed (E.g., create a pie chart of cards by task status) — and add filters (E.g., filter the pie chart for a particular member).

Favro also allows you to duplicate, export, and share dashboards.

Favro_Dashboards

3. Gantt Charts

a. Asana

Asana’s Gantt view allows you to:

  • Filter by task status (All, Complete, Incomplete)
  • Sort by period (Day, week, month, quarter, half-year, year)
  • Select multiple tasks and set dependencies.
  • Map chart colors to custom fields (E.g., teams or task statuses)
  • Mark a moment in your project progress as a baseline to compare against future progress.

b. Favro

Favro’s Timeline View functions as a Gantt chart feature, allowing you to:

  • Create cards on the timeline
  • Add members to cards
  • Customize card fields
  • Manage card attachments

D. User Management

Software, features, and other tech things aside, the real heroes of any project are your team members. So make sure to pick the kind of project management software that puts them front and center!

How do you do this?

Look for software that knows what different team members need and helps you deliver the right experience. 

Features to look out for include:

  • User groups: Create internal teams representing various departments, functions, or projects. 
  • Permission levels: Grant different access levels depending on the users’ information requirements and the company’s security concerns. 
  • Guest users: Invite team members from other companies/teams to collaborate with your team without compromising on confidential data. 

1. User Groups

a. Asana

Add a group of users to a team that can collaborate on specific tasks and projects. 

Teams can be public (anyone in the organization can join), private (by invite only), or membership by request (team members can request to join). 

Adjust the privacy settings for each team and change access levels for individual members within it. 

A team can have shared access to all projects, permission settings, invitations, messages, calendars, and more.

b. Favro

Depending on your permission settings, administrators or members can create groups of people representing different teams, departments, skills, etc.

Group owners and admins can assign roles to group members. You can assign a group a card, board, list, or collections in one click as if it were an individual member.

2. Permission Levels

a. Asana

Make projects or tasks private by restricting commenting and editing access. This way, you can secure your conversations. 

You can also hide projects or tasks so only people added to or mentioned in them can comment or edit.

b. Favro

Favro’s permission settings allow you to:

  • Set collection visibility to Private (invite only), Organization (visible to all in the organization), or Public (visible to anyone with a link).
  • Select collection owners who can manage members, tasks, and settings.
  • Choose whether members can configure, rename, archive, or delete boards and lists.
  • Decide whether members or guests can add or edit cards.
  • Choose what types of visibility members can set on collections.

3. Guest Users

a. Asana

Collaborate with external users (such as clients and vendors) by creating a guest profile. Share limited access to projects and tasks with them for transparency without letting them in on internal communications.

b. Favro

When you set boards or collections to Public and share links with external parties, they can visit as guests. Additionally, when you share boards, you can specify a view (E.g., timeline or sheet) that you would like guests to see when they follow the link.

Guest users won’t be able to see or access any other view, board, or collection in the workspace if they don’t have a link. You can choose whether guests can open cards and leave comments.

If you want to manage guests as if they were full members, you can convert guests to External Members.

E. Collaboration

In project management, collaboration and communication are like a ballroom dance — if everyone isn’t in sync, you’re just stepping on each other’s toes!

A project manager should encourage their team to be on the same page regarding everything happening on the project. This could involve regular meetings, periodic status updates, shared checklists, etc. 

But things can get tricky when you add different team structures (remote, hybrid, distributed, etc.). 

The trick is to balance ‘informing everyone’ with ‘over-communicating.’ 

The solution is to forge a shared space where the whole team can contribute without hampering individual productivity. Picking a suitable project management software is the first step toward achieving this goal. 

Features to look for include: 

  • Comments: Simple ways to send feedback or discuss a task or project. 
  • Threads: Keep all relevant comments in a single thread. 
  • Tagging/@mention: Mention a team member on a task, in comments, or in any shared space to notify them. 
  • Sharing tasks: Share tasks with relevant team members for efficient collaboration.
  • File management: Attach and store files, create and annotate documents, etc., for ready access to project documentation. 
  • Notifications: Customize how team members receive notifications.

1. Comments, Threads, & Tagging

a. Asana

Add a comment to any task to mention team members or share thoughts, questions, and feedback. Make your comments informative with the help of emojis, links, and rich text formatting.

b. Favro

Each Favro card has an activity feed showing actions taken and conversation threads. Here, you can leave comments, reply, mention others, and assign tasks.

Favro_Comments_Threads_Tagging

2. File Management

a. Asana

Attach files to tasks or comments to provide more information to collaborators. 

Get a quick glimpse of all files attached to various tasks with the File view. 

Comment on images, PDFs, GIFs, and BMP files.

b. Favro

To any card, you can attach images, files, and other cards or boards so assignees have all the resources they need to work productively.

3. Notifications

a. Asana

Choose which project members get notified when you add tasks, publish status updates, or send messages to avoid cluttering everyone’s inboxes. Schedule notifications to send due date reminders to keep things on track. 

Adjust your settings to change what notifications you receive on email, browser, or on the platform.

b. Favro

Each Favro card has its own activity feed. Mentioning or assigning others will send them a notification in the feed accessed on the app’s top bar.

If you’d like to receive notifications for all card activity, you can “follow” the card.

card activity will also display on the backlog with badges indicating mentions, edits, moved cards, and collection changes.

Favro_Notifications

F. Customer Support

Individual users in smaller teams often face a steep learning curve with most project management software. 

In their case, having access to responsive support executives and a wealth of helpful resources can make a significant difference, turning a frustrating experience into a positive one.

However, customer support is just as crucial for larger teams. 

Even if these teams initially received thorough onboarding and training, their needs and use cases tend to evolve over time. Continuous and adaptable customer support becomes essential to address these changing needs effectively.

With adequate customer support, you can:

  • Derive maximum value from the app with the help of professional guidance whenever required
  • Ensure your team is making full use of all the features you’re paying for
  • Learn from case studies of other teams using the same software
  • Expand your use cases with time
  • Learn about the features your team uses the most and avoid spending on those you don’t need
  • Solve minor issues on your end by going through help resources
  • Get hands-on support when you get stuck
  • Keep a record of all your complaints and feedback for the platform to aid future buying decisions
  • Send feedback to the app’s developers so they can design the features you most desire

Features to look for include: 

  • Detailed knowledge bases and documentation to aid DIY solutions to common issues
  • Case studies, templates, guides, and other resources
  • Easy access to resources for all types of users — free or paid
  • Async support executives to cover for the time difference
  • Live agents who can respond via chat or phone 
  • Screenshots and recordings to display how the tool works
  • Translations to resources in other languages, if needed

Asana

  • Asana Help: Step-by-step guides on specific features
  • Asana Forum: Insights from a community of Asana users and experts 
  • Asana Developer’s Guide: Guide to how you can customize your Asana experience with the help of their API
  • Asana Guide: Tips, tricks, and advice to get the most from Asana
  • Asana Academy: Interactive courses and webinars to learn Asana
  • Customer support: Email, Help Desk, Chat

Favro

  • Support Articles: Pages providing written guidance and information on Favro’s features.
  • Favro Fanatics: A Facebook page for community engagement and support.
  • Video Tutorials: Short how-to videos explaining features and answering FAQs.
  • How-To Videos: Longer, more detailed videos explaining specific advanced features and processes.
  • Courses: Agility certifications users can attain through self-study or live training courses.
  • Quickstarts: Paid onboarding sessions to quickstart enterprises, game studios, and SaaS companies on Favro.
  • “Learn From Leaders” Podcast: Conversations with SaaS and Game industry leaders
  • Contact Support: You can do this via the chatbot, email, or booking a meeting through Calendly.

G. Platforms Supported

Distributed and field teams might not always be armed with laptops or computers. 

But that doesn’t mean productivity has to stop.

With a mobile-friendly project management tool, the workflow keeps humming along, turning those smartphones into mighty workflow tools.

More reason to look into this?

If your company follows a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach, your team members need the freedom to switch between various devices. 

With support for all types of apps, you can:

  • Ensure uniform access irrespective of device type
  • Save on the cost of buying the same types of devices for the whole team
  • Give all team members a chance to log work from anywhere, anytime

Features to look for include: 

  • App support for the latest Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android versions.
  • Maximum coverage for all key features across devices

Asana

  • Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Safari
  • Desktop: Mac, Windows (64-bit), Windows (32-bit)
  • Mobile: iOS, Android

Favro

  • Browser: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari
  • Desktop: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Mobile: iOS, Android

H. Pricing

Whether you have deep pockets or shoestring budgets, there’s project management software out there for every kind of organization. 

But the confusing combination of features and numbers on pricing pages can make it difficult to choose. 

Here are some easy tips for starters.

If you plan on buying the software subscription for just yourself or a small team that’s not likely to grow rapidly anytime soon — stick to the free plan as long as possible. Or pick the cheapest monthly subscription possible. These should cover most of your feature requirements comfortably in most cases. 

However, if you expect to hire rapidly and grow to a sizable number, go for a plan that grows with you — ideally with a per-user rate that doesn’t add up exponentially. 

Finally, most software offers flexible enterprise plans that let you cherry-pick your favorite features into a custom package. If you’re part of such a team, it’s best to contact the sales team and get the best deal possible. 

Asana Pricing

Asana’s pricing structure is as follows:

  • Personal (Free): Up to 10 users, three views
  • Starter ($13.49/user/month): Everything in free plus up to 500 users, all views, 250 automations a month
  • Advanced ($30.49/user/month): Everything in Starter plus 25,000 automations, goals, approvals, native time tracking
  • Enterprise (Contact sales for pricing): Everything in Advanced plus unlimited users, Asana Intelligence, Unlimited views, service accounts
  • Enterprise+ (Contact sales for pricing): Everything in Enterprise plus audit logs, and data loss prevention, eDiscovery, and archiving integrations

Favro Pricing

Favro’s pricing plans are structured as follows:

  • Free trial: A 14-day free trial of the Lite or Standard plan
  • Lite ($6/user/month): Five collections, unlimited boards, limited storage, 25 automation actions.
  • Standard ($8/user/month): Everything in Lite plus unlimited collections and storage and up to 5,000 automations.
  • Enterprise (Contact sales for pricing): Everything in Standard plus timesheets, 24-hour support (weekdays), and SAML SSO.

I. Best Suited To

Picking the right project management tool is like finding the perfect pair of shoes. They must be a snug fit but also leave you some wiggle room to get comfortable! 

In other words, the tool you pick must fit all your current needs and grow alongside your future requirements, too. 

So make sure you’ve covered all bases in your research when picking project management software for your team. 

One way to do this is to check what types of teams your choice serves best. 

For instance, what works for a small software development team might not suit a large marketing agency. 

When hunting for a PM solution, it’s vital to match the tool’s features and use cases with your team’s workflow. Tailor your search to find a tool with all the necessary features to manage your tasks and boost productivity.

Asana Verdict

Asana is an excellent all-rounder project management tool tailored to diverse team sizes and project needs.

It has an extensive free plan for teams of up to 10 people, with unlimited projects, messages, file storage, and more. This could make it a safe choice for small teams looking to try before they buy.

For more complex projects, Asana is also well-equipped for:

  • Agile projects
  • Sprints
  • Product management
  • Managing content marketing
  • Tracking work requests
  • Creating dashboards and custom reports (including expense, milestone, goals, and workload reports)
  • Protecting your data through privacy and security compliance

One of Asana’s limitations is that you can only assign a task to one person at a time. This is intended to make roles as clear as possible. However, adding collaborators to oversee projects involves extra steps.

While Asana might be the perfect tool for smaller project management teams looking for an all-in-one solution, as your team expands, you might be better off looking at tools better equipped for dealing with larger workforces.

Favro Verdict

Favro is a versatile project management platform for agile teams, game development, software and SaaS projects, and enterprises.

Compared to other development-focused PM tools, Favro is fairly user-friendly, with intuitive navigation and features. However, the relative simplicity may limit companies with complex processes.

On one hand, this tool offers commendable controls for overseeing large teams — facilitating collaborative work-sharing, monitoring project progress, and safeguarding confidential information.

On the other hand, some of its features seem underdeveloped compared to more established PM platforms. For example, it has only a handful of views, limited dashboard widgets, no native time tracking, and sparse options for assigning comments or checklist items as actionable tasks.

So, it’s missing some advanced features you might need for a large-scale operation and also doesn’t offer a free plan like you would expect to see for tools targeted to SMEs.

Nonetheless, this tool serves as a reliable organizational hub for small or large companies. While it’s not as feature-rich as some of its counterparts in the software world, Favro is flexible and easy to learn, making it a worthy contender. 

The Favro team does take feature requests and is constantly updating and adding features, so we think it’s one to watch.