Task dependent on subtasks with a single click


I’ve found a topic with an identical request which was merged with Task Dependencies - the missing piece, even though they’re not addressing the same topic. Therefore, I urge you to read my post before merging it with the aforementioned topic.

It seems like a natural feature to be able to mark a task dependent on all of its subtasks. I often use the list view when planning complex projects, and arrange them in “task trees” - just like old-school Windows folder ore registry trees. It would save a lot of time if I didn’t have to manually make every parent task dependent on its subtasks, but simply do it in one click via the more options menu.

Is this something that is planned to be implemented in the near future, and if not, would it be considered as a feature?

Thanks in advance,

Hi @Mateja_Kovac, thanks for sharing this feedback and I can certainly understand how this could improve Asana!

While we don’t have any immediate changes for this planned in the near term, our team is always monitoring all feedback in order to improve the product.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions :wink:

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@Emily_Roman I also feel this should be standard option to enable. I have many team members that close a task without checking off the necessary subtasks which I find unnerving but could be easily rememdiated but an option to enable task dependency on internal subtask completion.

Hi @Eric_Johnson, thanks for your feedback. I see what you mean and I completely understand how this feature can help your team. In the meantime, you can manually add the subtasks to the project and then mark it as dependant of the main task.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

@Emily_Roman thanks I appreciate that information but I was already aware marking tasks as dependent on it’s subtasks was possible but I found there are three concerns with this process. 1. If you have very few subtasks this is not a big undertaking but if you have a large number of subtasks then this process of marking dependent could take a very long time and the display of what is dependent in the primary task field crowds the entire graphical display. 2. Even after setting the task dependent on the subtasks, my users were still able to mark the primary task complete without checking the subtasks. 3. Timeline view of the project does not show the dependencies of the subtasks on the primary task which would be very useful when trying to display an entire project. Unless of course I have overlooked an option to enable said display mode.

I hope that helps with trying to get this option pushed to the development team.

Thanks for the detailed explanation @Eric_Johnson! It is really important to us to understand your Asana needs and use cases like this. I’ll keep this post updated if we have any news.

Let me know if you have any questions!