Looking for some streamlining thanks to pre-built reports? Look no further than Jira. It has over 10 out-of-the-box reports that will give you a look inside the granular details of your projects. These real-time insights include:
- Velocity charts
- Burnup and burndown charts
- Sprint reports
- Version reports
- Cumulative flow diagrams
Currently, Asana doesn’t provide templates for pre-built reports.
For this feature, our two products flip-flop from the last reporting capability.
Asana helps you view summarized information a couple different ways. Timelines provide a single location where you can track projects and make modifications when you hit problems. Asana also integrates with the Instagantt app to let you create Gantt charts.
Jira doesn’t have any native Gantt charts to display project summaries. You’ll need to turn to third-party plugins from the Atlassian Marketplace. However, a quick search will turn up a range of results that should be more than sufficient for your needs.
Compare Asana and Jira Against Your Needs
To create custom reports in Jira, all you need to do is apply filters based on which project parameters and KPIs you want to capture. After you’ve generated a customized report, you can save it as a template to reuse later.
In Asana, the advanced search feature is your go-to tool for generating reports. With customized options, you have the freedom to monitor tasks at risk, work that requires follow-up, project progress and more via reports.
If you want a bunch of options, you’ll love Jira. It has over 30 built-in gadgets to help you configure your dashboards. You can even customize individual gadgets for users based on which details are relevant to them.
In addition, the Atlassian Marketplace has even more gadgets. Check out the full list of Atlassian gadgets for a complete overview of your choices.
And if you’re feeling creative and know your way around code, take advantage of that and develop a new gadget (or five) by creating an XML descriptor file.
On the other side, Asana removed its dashboard capability in December 2018. They replaced it with a feature called portfolios, which has more capabilities than the dashboards but is only available for enterprise users and costs twice as much.
The good news is, you can turn to third-party apps to gain the capability you’re after. Asana integrates with Screenful to accomplish all your reporting needs. With it, you can gain insights on key project metrics like sprint progress and completed tasks.
Charts and Visualizations
Asana isn’t the best choice if you love your visuals. The free version doesn’t have any charts.
However, if you pay, you can access the portfolio component — a nice option for gaining a complete view of all your projects. Quickly identify risks and drill down into individual projects to keep your entire portfolio on track.
Getting visualizations in Jira is much easier. The system comes loaded with a number of prebuilt charts and graphs that turn your data into a visual feast. These include pie charts, flow diagrams, line charts, control charts, bar charts and more.
View of a portfolio roadmap, one of the many visual layouts in Jira.
Resource Utilization Chart
Monitoring the health of your team is a critical part of effective project management. Despite that, neither of our products are fantastic enough to write home about.
However, Jira provides a pre-built report called “user workload report” to track team workloads. Basic, but it gets the job done. Asana, by comparison, doesn’t offer any such features.
Once again, Jira performed well. It earned good or excellent ratings from our analysts for everything except summary reports, where we rated it as adequate. Meanwhile, Asana didn’t support two of the six features. Jira is the better choice if reporting and dashboards are a central requirement for your company.