Neither product offers pre-built reports. If you want that capability, you’ll need to turn to third-party apps.
Easy Insight is one of the integration options for Trello. On the Asana side, there’s Mesh, which provides daily reports, and Screenful, which lets you create team status reports.
Want summary reports to keep your project details chugging down the tracks? Asana and Trello both come through.
Asana provides a timeline tool to view a summary of what’s happening in your project. You can use custom fields to create color-coded tasks. With the zoom feature, you can dig into granular details at the daily level or step back to view the big picture across months, quarters or even years.
Trello’s summary report lets you compile data based on what you want to track at either a card or board level. You can generate a report that shows activities, the length of time a card was in a list, the number of total checklist items compared to the number of completed items and more.
Trello supports building reports, but you’ll need to integrate with third-party tools. Fortunately, there are a lot of options, such as Report for Trello and Easy Insight. You can create:
- Time reports
- Kanban reports
- Scrum reports
And if you have a paid business class account with Trello, you can export data to Excel or Google Sheets.
Asana, on the other hand, enables you to generate custom reports using the advanced search feature. This lets you control what data you want to filter out so you can track tasks at risk, completed work, project progress and other elements.
There’s also a Google Sheets integration, which allows you to take project data from Asana and insert it into custom reports and visualizations.
Compare Trello and Asana Against Your Needs
If dashboards are your thing, good news. Both Trello and Asana have that option.
Trello’s dashboard layouts are fully customizable. You can choose a Kanban or Scrum view as well as add widgets and pages.
Asana replaced their dashboard screen with a new feature called Portfolio in December 2018. It centralizes critical information across multiple projects in one location for at-a-glance summaries of each project’s status. You can toggle between different view options so your team can use the layout that works best. Portfolio supports exporting to Google Sheets or CSV docs. And you can share a Portfolio with other members or teams in a few steps.
The portfolio view in Asana shows a summary of each project’s status.
However, Portfolio is only available for enterprise accounts. An alternative for getting dashboard functionality without the added cost is by integrating Asana with a third-party tool like Screenful. It’ll allow you to track KPIs at the project level, or you can aggregate reports to gain a more holistic view across your portfolio.
Charts and Visualizations
Asana doesn’t support charts. However, the portfolios feature centralizes data from all your projects into one location. This makes it easy to monitor the progress and health of multiple initiatives at a glance.
Trello doesn’t have any charts or visualizations built in, but the power-ups theme continues. Here are some of the things you can create thanks to third-party apps:
- Burndown charts
- Scrum and Kanban charts
- Gantt charts
- Time tracking charts
- Cumulative flow diagrams
Example of a deadline chart created using the Elegantt power-up for Trello.
Trello also has an API, which enables you to put together custom charts.
Resource Utilization Chart
Trello’s power-ups once again come to the rescue to provide this feature. These include Ganttify, Plus for Trello and Corrello, along with the API for customized reports.
Asana recently released their Workload tool to provide resource management. Since it’s such a new feature, however, it hasn’t existed long enough for our analyst team to properly research and rate it.
The Workload feature in Asana.
Verdict: Our analysts rated Trello higher overall for this section. While Asana offered more robust features for Custom Reports, Trello was a step ahead when it came to Pre-Built Reports and Resource Utilization Charts.