This is the second post in our “how Asana uses Asana” series! Our first post describes how Asana’s Marketing Team uses Asana.
About Asana’s Product Designers
Want to get a bit of background on our product design team before we jump into their projects? Check out this great blog post!
How Product Designers at Asana use Asana (featuring Boards!)
In this post we’ll tell you one of the ways that product designers at Asana use Asana. Product designers at Asana work in what we call Design Sprints. Our product design team will often use Boards to plan our their design sprints.
Example Boards project: Unicorn Design Sprints (created for the purposes of this demo)
Purpose of the project: manage the Unicorn product launch (an imaginary launch for the purposes of this demo)
How the project is organized: This is a collaborative project between product designers, PMs, and engineers. The PM leading the Unicorn launch will manage the project, conduct sprint planning, and assign out tasks. The PM will collaborate with designers and engineers to assign out tasks based on each person’s bandwidth and the overall project timeline.
Columns: In this example project you can see columns for Backlog, Ready, In Progress, Done, Needs More Info, Meeting Notes / Feedback, and References.
Backlog: questions that still need to be answered, tasks that still need to be completed but aren’t quite ready yet.
- Ready: questions we’re ready to answer, that we want to prioritize for the upcoming sprint
- In progress: tasks that we’re working on right now
- Done: completed work
- Needs more info: outstanding questions that we want to keep in mind and/or answer for a future sprint or in the long term
- Meeting notes: notes in every meeting related to this project
- References: links to related projects, login information for relevant tools, background info to keep in mind
Custom fields: Custom fields customize the project experience to the individual team. You can see custom fields for engineers and product designers. The designers use custom fields to identify where they are in the design process. Designer drop down custom fields are: backlogged, open questions, design in progress, design ready, eng ready, revisiting designs, and de-scoped.
The Project and Design Custom Fields
How do you plan design sprints in Asana? Do you think this process would be helpful for you? Do you have any other processes to recommend? We’d love to hear from you!