What I do like about Asana is its simplicity and flexibility, especially its multi-homing feature, where a task can be assigned to multiple projects. However, it will be even more powerful if we can have a project where it contains a list of other projects, instead of tasks. Asana somehow provided this through the dashboard, but I think it’s somehow limiting.
We are a team of developers, and we receive requests from our client on a regular basis. Let’s call each request a BSR (business service request). On their end, they track the completion of these BSRs as a single entity. However, on our end, it’s bigger than that. So in Asana, we have a project called “BSRs”, which then contains each BSR as tasks, and within each BSR are subtasks (Coding, Peer Review, Testing, etc.)
Weekly, we do report to our client by showing them the BSRs project. So far, it is still meeting our needs, since the list is almost similar to the list they have.
The problem that I see are the following:
- We want to see the percentage completion of each BSR task. The dashboard would have solved this but it only supports projects.
- For each BSR we have a dedicated channel in Slack. Asana integration in a Slack channel only works for a project.
So the only logical solution is to convert each task into a project. However, if we do so, we no longer will be able to have a huge list of BSRs within Asana, since there’s no view which supports this. A project is only a list of tasks. If only we can have a project within a project.