I have been working on a new service called shreddo. It is a library where you can store your repeatable tasks for later and search for community rated workflows before you start an unfamiliar task.
It’s currently on development, but you can use your Personal Access Token in Asana to give authorization to the app and try it out:
To summarize, as a system administrator and a PhD student (Information Systems) , I have many repeatable tasks in Asana. Some of these tasks I complete on a routine (for example my fitness routine) and some others are pretty complex and completed only if they are required (for example firing up a new virtual machine, install Ubuntu Operating System, and a number of services). I have been struggling with the latter tasks. If they come up and I realize I am missing one or two pieces of information, I have to go through a number of YouTube videos and a number of blogs to solve the same problems.
I began to model these tasks in Asana, and then I wondered, what if there existed an application where I could export these tasks (as workflows), make them public, and receive comments from people who are struggling with similar problems. What if I could search for workflows shared by other people for the same problem which are rated by a number of people. I could import a community rated public workflow to my library, modify it, and it would be stored there safely. I could then export the task to Asana whenever I need it.
Then I realized, the concept can also be useful for teams and also enterprises. My institute has the most distinguished people as a workforce, yet since none of the workflows are defined, very important knowledge disappears when a research assistant or instructor leaves. In addition, what if there were workflows for “how to write a systematic review paper” or “how to complete a masters thesis in X subject”.
Here is a sample workflow that I actually use weekly when I update shreddo.io in production:
Since new users can’t post more than one image, I can’t put here a subtask of that workflow but it supports markdown.
Would you use this service together with Asana? Your comments and feedbacks are much appreciated.