I am desperate. I have been requested to create a project that has task dependencies with start dates that are based on the number of days from the completion of a previous task or set of tasks. The need for this is so the project can be turned into a template for use in other projects with different start dates but the same expected time span between tasks. In reviewing my options, I am about to report this is not possible in Asana for the following reasons. If this is not true, perhaps someone can suggest an alternative or point me in the right direction as I see no articles that address the need or ability for Asana to do this.
The project I am setting to create was designed to have tasks (or all task in a subsequent section be dependent on the completion of all tasks in the previous section. (We decide not to use sub tasks in this case because of what seemed a be a difficulty in easy viewing of sub tasks.) It appears that a task can only have multiple dependancies if they are created in a timeline view - whereas a task can have only a single dependency created in the list view. By requiring all the tasks to exist in a timeline means that the project is fixed in time, something that defeats the purpose of a template where the task timeline is built off a time span between completion of a previous task(s).
The ability to set a timetable of due dates that could ripple forward or back in time using the time span between tasks rather than specific dates, would make a project suitable to be turned into a template, but I see not way, even with setting dependancies, to shift a project’s timeline by assigning a new start/completion dates and honoring the intended time span between tasks as they are completed.
Without some ability to manage time like this, in a project or template, greatly reduces the value of a any template. it seems to be overtly cumbersome to go through a project built from a template or a duplicate project and manually adjust every single start and completion date becasue any date created in the original project would no longer be valid in a new project.
Perhaps I am missing something, and I hope so becasue if I can’t find a solution, it will certainly make using Asana more difficult. Any ideas?