Subtask information rolling up to Parent Task

It would be great if parent tasks rolled up more information from the sub-tasks. I don’t want to click into every category to see when the completion date is projected to be, I want to see it at a glance as roll-up information so I only have to update it once and in one place.

Based on other topics I’ve read, I’m guessing there’s an add-on that would allow this but c’mon… a subscription to make an existing subscription work? I’d rather just have a product that does all of that.

My company is still evaluating if we’ll go with Asana as our tool. I’m rooting for you, Asana, but it’s a bummer to see deficiencies coming out when I’m still in the trial phase.

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It would be fantastic if subtask information could roll up and down from parent/ sub tasks. Time now does roll up now, but progress and tags don’t.

EG 1: One task has 5 sub tasks. each subtask takes a few minutes, and no dates or assignee is added but each needs to be checked for regulation/ QA purposes. The parent task is marked complete, but the subtasks stay undone.

EG 2: There is a scrum of scrum project wherein each task has 8 sub tasks. Each subtask is part of a different project, but the status of the parent task stays “not started” when subtasks have started and start/end dates do not roll up to the parent task either.

Ideal Solution for roll ups:
Could there be a check box or rule option created to state what fields roll up and how?

Ideal Solution as added rule options:

  • “If subtasks exist AND dates are set, Start Date= first subtask date; End Date= latest subtask date”
  • “Any Subtask Status Changed to In Progress= Parent Task is marked In Progress” &
  • “All Subtask Status Changed to Complete= Parent Task is marked Complete” would save a good amount of time.

Thanks for reading and all you do to support the product.

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It would be fantastic if subtask information could roll up and down from parent/ sub tasks. Time now does roll up now, but progress and tags don’t.

EG 1: One task has 5 sub tasks. each subtask takes a few minutes, and no dates or assignee is added but each needs to be checked for regulation/ QA purposes. The parent task is marked complete, but the subtasks stay undone.

EG 2: There is a scrum of scrum project wherein each task has 8 sub tasks. Each subtask is part of a different project, but the status of the parent task stays “not started” when subtasks have started and start/end dates do not roll up to the parent task either.

Ideal Solution for roll ups:
Could there be a check box or rule option created to state what fields roll up and how?

Ideal Solution as added rule options:

  • “If subtasks exist AND dates are set, Start Date= first subtask date; End Date= latest subtask date”
  • “Any Subtask Status Changed to In Progress= Parent Task is marked In Progress” &
  • “All Subtask Status Changed to Complete= Parent Task is marked Complete” would save a good amount of time.

Thanks for reading and all you do to support the product.

Hi,

Did you remember you posted the same thing a few months ago? :grimacing: Subtask information rolling up to Parent Task

Thanks for the question and for linking the posts together! I’m not sure if my memory is actually in question here, but, yes, I did remember the initial post when I posted this. I chose to post it new anyway because:

  • I understand Asana more now than I did so the feedback/ request is more specific for what I hope to get out of it.
  • The post was not editable so I couldn’t add proposed solutions. If there was a response, I’d be more trusting that my comments would be read and would have put the proposed solutions there instead.
  • The last post had no responses and 6 months had passed; the original post may have been archived or iceboxed or something by now.

If there are additional questions about the request, please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them :grin:

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Makes sense. I am almost certain this piece of feedback already exists on the forum but I couldn’t find the right keyword so we’ll keep it as a separate thread for now :slight_smile:

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Asana needs an update on Sub Tasks as a whole
-They should feed into project progress
-They should bucket under the right project in “My tasks”
-You shouldn’t be able to mark a main task as completed without the sub tasks being marked off

And more, Subtasks within Asana are currently a large paint point for our business and the PMO

Does Asana have an ETA on Sub Task improvements?

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No, especially since everything you described is not officially considered “broken”. What you see as an improvement will be seen as a step back by some people. For example in no way I want to be blocked by a subtask when I want to complete my task, I have plenty of use cases where this is not needed.

The subtask topic is my favorite/most hated topic :rofl:

Hello,

I am sorry, if you took my feedback has “broken,” that was not my intention. But these items would be useful at least as options, this way the people that want to use them can and others can choose not to use them.

Unfortunately that’s not an option Asana has usually taken in the past for situations like this (in my opinion). Offering the option for something is effectively cluttering the screen, making it harder to learn and understand. The Product team has some hard decisions to make! Thanks for sharing.