Although this may already be on the roadmap, I want to reiterate the immediate need for this.
Allocating Time and the Informative Feeback Loop
Being able to assign an amount of time to a task (and a project) which actually connects with the capacity of the people they are being assigned to would have an enormous impact on efficiency and clarity in my (any) organisation. This would mean there would be a concrete feedback loop between those doing the work, blocking out their days in daily and weekly calendar views (see Timely app) and those who are planning in the new timeline view.
Availability and Context Blocking
This would logically lead (in my mind) to allow people to have granular control over their capacity; the amount of time they are available, including ‘context blocking’ which would give them control over what kind of work they are available for at any given time.
How big is a task?
I keep seeing that by default that a task should take about a week.
Any longer and it may need to be broken down into small pieces; I think Asana is reinforcing this, as when creating a task in the timeline view it is automatically laid out as 5 days long. But what does this actually mean practically; does this mean that a task should take roughly 35 to 40 hours? If this is the case I would expect that if I have been assigned 4 of these tasks simultaneously that they would need to be drawn out (visually) on the timeline over 4 weeks to be viable to achieve. I’ve seen this attempted in Jira and it Portfolio Planner, but we need something that is seamless and easily adopted, as well as being natively built in.
I would like tasks to behave like they have mass; that they will let you know when there is no-one there to pick them up.