Auto-detect potential duplicate tasks in a project

In reviewing the Future of Asana video (yup, I’m a bit late to this party), it seems like y’all are pursuing a lot of AI-based things. I work for a small software company and a lot of those problems of scale aren’t things that would directly address problems we have.

However, that got me to thinking about how some of the AI you’re developing could be used, and I do have a use case/feature I’d love to see you work on.

We track our entire product backlog in a single project in Asana. As you can imagine, we often have problems with duplicate or very similar tasks–different coworkers might phrase things in a different way, or simply forget to search if we already have a request for a given feature. Usually, we end up relying on our memories as to whether something sounds familiar/similar to an existing request.

It would be amazing to have some kind of “This looks like it might be a duplicate of xx task…” functionality, where there might be either a report or an on-screen warning when, based on the task title and description, it seems like there’s a potential duplicate in the same project. I realize our use case might not be the most common, but it would be incredibly helpful to have something like this (similar to the “Your topic is similar to…” warnings I’m getting right now as I type this :slight_smile:)

I didn’t see a request like this but I know for our use case (product backlog with hundreds of tasks), it would be incredibly useful!

I agree this would be useful, and I actually think many users would agree. Perfect application of AI/ML, as you note.

There’s a possible slight hitch when an org relies heavily on templates to create tasks. But if implemented well, this feature would have no trouble determining that 50 occurrences of “Release artwork to printer” are not true duplicates, based on factors other than task title.