My company, as is I’m sure the case with many others, spends a lot of time planning projects before actually implementing them. While this is mostly a very simple task while using Asana, there is one element that always gets in the way.
When we are planning the project before implementation, we break down every element of the project into its sections, tasks, subtasks, dependencies, and dates. The issue occurs when we want to designate who the assignee will be for the task without assigning it to them before the project has begun. In its current state, the moment you assign a task to someone, it immediately gets added to their My Tasks and they will likely get a message in their inbox about the assignment, thus filling both of these areas with tasks that are not yet relevant for them.
The request that I would like to have a way to select an employee for assignment without actually assigning it to that employee yet. This could be done by giving projects the status option of being “In Development” such that actions performed within the project do not impact others until the moment that the project has formally been activated.
I understand that its possible to work around this problem by listing the employee who would be selected in the description, or creating a custom field for “Potential Assignees”. However, this requires double the work, whereas an activation feature would allow for all tasks to be assigned with the click of a button.