Hi @Sara thanks for the response.
You are correct. The “Completed Since…” options were awesome. They were not only helpful on the fly, but they were also used and saved as part of a custom filter for many of our projects. We would set up our preferred ‘filter’ and then save it as the default view for everyone.
I get what you are saying about using an advanced filter but your search options are actually a HUGE pain point for me.
Don’t get me wrong, your advanced search works great. It’s fantastic. It has everything I need when I’m looking at my ENTIRE Asana world. The problem for me (and I gather for many other users from comments made throughout this community) is that we need better search and filter options for the list or board we are CURRENTLY viewing.
Let me explain further.
It would REALLY help us if Asana had ‘Global Search’ vs ‘In-Project Search’ available:
This is basically what Asana has right now at the top and centre of any page. It is a global search bar. It can search for anything, anywhere. It checks ALL boards, and all tasks, all attachments EVERYWHERE. This is awesome! But it is total overkill when you want to search JUST for something within a project. Which brings me to my proposed second type of ‘search’.
What Asana lacks is the ability to REALLY quickly and easily search/filter on the CURRENT board or list that a user is viewing. I hate to say it, but Trello does this REALLY well (I’m a convert from Trello by the way and have on-boarded plenty of individuals and Teams over to Asana from Trello and other PM systems).
So often we just need to search for something on the CURRENT board or list. And clicking on ‘search’, then ‘advanced search’, and then selecting a ‘project’ and then adding multiple ‘filters’ is WAY TOO MANY clicks. It’s incredibly frustrating given that almost everything else in Asana is so easy.
Yes, I understand that I can accomplish the same thing using ‘advanced search’. But it’s just way too many clicks. Period.
My proposed solution is to have a simplified but customizable ‘search and filter’ menu at the project level.
It might look something like this:
And as another example:
Obviously this is just a mock-up, and the mock-up doesn’t even include the option to filter by ‘assignee’ - which would also be very helpful on the fly.
In some cases you might want to do something as simple as view all cards with one particular tag. But in other situations you might might want to include all cards that have ‘Tag A’ as well as ‘Tag B’, that are due within the next week, and that have the custom field status of ‘In Progress’.
I think with the introduction of Kanban boards last year, you will see more and more people requesting more advanced filter options - especially on Boards. We often use these for ‘workflows’ or for ‘tracking’ stuff. The work is not usually as linear as ‘lists’, and with large amounts of ‘tracking’ or ‘workflow’ data on a single board, a custom filter to cross reference certain tasks or data points is so very helpful with a click or two.
In short. I live in the big, wide, world of Asana and need at times to search the entire Asana world for a particular project or task - I can already do this. But so often I’m visiting a single project list or board, and want to check certain data points on that particular board, really quickly and easily.
The current ‘advanced search’ method kind of makes me go OUT of the current board into the big Asana world, in order to find the stuff inside my current board. It feels backwards and weird. It also converts my kanban cards into list items! What?! If I have a board with ten columns and ten cards in each column I DO NOT want my search to return a bunch of list items?! I want to see the cards in their original, glorious state, and in their original respective columns! With an ‘In-Project Search’ filter, my board structure would remain the same - it would just show fewer items in each column.