All my projects are in collaboration with other researchers. In the last year, I’ve been working with a tool that has revolutionised this collaboration: Asana. By now we’ve completed 3 publications and 3 research funding applications using Asana and currently working on 4 more projects. Asana is now forever pinned to my Safari toolbar. So it’s more than ready for a Macademic review!
Asana meets our needs better than any other collaboration software we tried. In particular we can:
- create a list of tasks for each project and share it with certain co-workers (e.g. paper co-authors);
- organise the tasks in categories for example, “Literature review”, “Figures”, “Supplementary information”; and tag them with custom fields for example, priority;
- assign each task to a specific team member, with other team members as ‘followers’ (so that they get updates on the task);
- discuss each task online; these discussions may also include attached files; for example, if the task is to create a figure, several versions can be attached and commented on until we get it right;
Asana also provide tools to summarise the progress on your projects.
There is much more functionality in Asana and it’s being added the whole time. Unfortunately, the advanced version is not free, but check it out and may be you can get your university or funders to pay for it as a research management tool.