Asana recently introduced the concept of task templates: you can now create, in a project, a list of « task examples » and when creating a task in that project, you can pick from your list of templates.
At first, my reactions was: I don’t really need task templates. And when looking at the feature more closely, I realized there actually were many possible use cases for them!
Here is a list of ideas:
have a template with a specific set of collaborators, e.g. the entire marketing team
have a template with a complex description, e.g. list of questions to ask a lead
have a template with many subtasks that you usually create manually, e.g. steps to write a blog post
have a template that pre-defined values for custom fields, e.g. pipeline stage for a lead and most common origin and country
have a template that defines a specific due date based on the creation date, e.g. a bug always has to be fixed within 2 days
standardize a task for repeated use (thanks @lpb) because sometimes you just want to ensure consistency
of course the template can mix all those ideas!
Any other ideas?
Side note from @lpb:
assignment in the template task, or subtasks of it, will not result in the appearance of the task/subtask in the assignee’s My Tasks. That won’t happen until instantiaion of the task template into an actual task.