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Asana vs. Trello: Checklist Collaboration Tools Compared

In his book The Checklist Manifesto, surgeon Atul Gawande asserts that checklists are a “cognitive net,” a mechanism that can help prevent experienced people from making errors due to flawed memory and attention, and ensure that teams work together. Or, as Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame put it, “the book’s main point is simple: no matter how expert you may be, well-designed checklists can improve outcomes.” In a law office, checklists help reduce errors and increase efficiency. They ensure that work is done, and in an order that makes the most sense. They can also be used as part of a task management system, showing each person in the organization how her responsibilities on the checklist affect the entire procedure. Two collaboration tools specifically focused on lists and tasks recently launched online. One, Asana, created by former Facebook employees, provides a web-based “to do” list for up to 30 people. The other, Trello, lets users create shared boards with task cards. Both are free. So which one is better for task and project management based on procedural checklists? Let’s compare.

Originally published October 8, 2012
Last updated October 16, 2018
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