“Never use subtasks!”
“Use subtasks but never more than 12 subtasks per task.” (I’ve even heard “never more than 5 subtasks.”)
“Don’t be afraid to use subtasks.”
What subtasks faction do you belong to? Or is there even a subtasks controversy after all?
Bastien (@bastien_siebman) and Larry (@lpb) seemed to be sending different subtask signals. But at our recent “Subtasks Summit” (err…, a casual Slack DM, actually), we realized that we see far more eye-to-eye on subtasks usage than it may have outwardly appeared. We realized we vehemently agreed with each other and are collaborating on this post. We both encourage you to 1) learn about subtasks, and 2) use subtasks!
Larry encourages you to watch his free workshop video Tackle (almost) anything in Asana: Step-by-step in order to gain the sufficient perspective needed to make decisions about when to use subtasks. Although the workshop’s main topic is broader, in the first section (“Asana’s building blocks”), one slide specifically addresses his take on the dos and don’ts of subtasks. But subtasks come up again and again in the remaining two sections and in the substantial Q&A after the presentation. So the video in its entirety provides both subtask best practices and several contexts in which to consider their use and the nuances thereof that can otherwise be hard to portray.
Bastien encourages you to read his take in the reply post below for his best “subtasks summation.”
And we’re both looking forward to the ensuing dialog . . .
Larry and Bastien