I still come across the need to do this every day. I hate creating too many tasks, as the system seems to work slower the more stuff we throw at it. I have gone to more of a team-task concept, but where that fails is in the notifications.
So we have a meeting of our commissioners that we have to televise. No less than 7 people will work on some portion of this. And it could be up to 12 people at times. Sure, I could make a project for something that happens every other week (and this isn’t just the only one of these meetings, it’s just the biggest). What works is creating a project for all the meetings, and having ONE TASK per meeting. Then having all the team members log their time on it via Everhour. But what is kind of lame is they have to seek out the task, since I don’t assign it to them. So they don’t get reminders, it doesn’t show up in their task lists, etc.
I completely understand the concept of someone being responsible. But to make Asana more efficient, it would be nice if we could have some sort of team concept. Others have mentioned “owner” vs “need” or “team” or “assistance.”
So let’s say we can’t get to this point of multiple assignees. Could you do something like “backups.” For example, I assign Staff-X as the primary assignee. But I also assign Staff-Y as backup-1, and Staff-Z as backup-2.
Now, maybe these “backup tasks” show up slightly differently to those users. Maybe it’s essentially the same as the “Today” “Upcoming” “Later” thing and you just add one in there call “Backup” They would see all the notifications and conversations, but they would know they don’t need to act until maybe some point has passed. Whether this point is built in by the person who assigned the tasks, or something they just know, then backup-1 would know to take over this task. Ultimately, I would even be fine with any of the people completing the task.
So if the primary is working on the task, the backups see everything, but they know they don’t need to get involved. But then the primary is out sick for days, and now a backup has to take over, so he can shift from backup mode to primary mode and now the primary will shift to backup.
I really haven’t thought who gets the credit and the glory for finishing the task. If the primary did 80% of the task and the backup did 20%, I’m not sure how that would be represented if I was to pull a report.
I totally get why this “multiple assignee” feature is taking so long to get implemented… it’s a tough one, has lots of options and everyone will want something slightly different.