Later (Dependency) Task Due Date based on by Completion Date of Earlier Task

due-dates
tasks
dependencies

#1

I often set up entire projects at the start of the project, and don’t need to add additional tasks. I would really love if a later, dependent task’s due date could be automatically generated (based on a pre-defined timeline) once a previous task is marked complete. Right now, I have to change the due dates every time a prior task is complete.

Here’s what this would like like…

Task 1 - due Monday
Task 2 - (dependent on completion of Task 1) - due date is 5 days after Task 1 is marked complete. I would set the “due 5 days after Task 1 completed” in the due date area for Task 2, but then I wouldn’t have to revisit this…the project would just roll forward, and due dates would adjust accordingly.

There’s already a feature to set recurring tasks “periodically” based on the number of days AFTER the task is marked complete, so the functionality is there for this type of conditional logic.

I just upgraded to dependencies. It is somewhat useful…not sure if it’s worth the upgrade at this point. I will keep it for a while and try it out, but this feature would eliminate the doubt about value/worth.


Automated Due Dates on Task Dependencies
#2

I agree for the need - as it is critical. Dates are a cumbersome task with dependencies when the entire schedule needs to shift.


#3

When task #1 is completed, task #2 gets an automatic due date/time set for 24/48/72/coustom hours/(days). This would automate the workflow and team members would be notified immediately when a task is ready for them.


#4

Hi @Lucas2! Just moving your thread to Later (Dependency) Task Due Date based on by Completion Date of Earlier Task to avoid having too many duplictates! :slight_smile:


#5

+1 for this feature. Would save me quite some time every day, since we work with dependencies a lot.


#6

Exactly what I’m looking for - it’s not really that functional how it works now.


#7

Sounds good!


#8

This is something that needs to be created as an option for Asana users, especially those who use timeline (a premium feature). I create project plans based on a template that spans 13-14 months. Assigning individual dates to nearly 150 tasks takes way too much time.

My thought is to use a custom field. In my template, I created a custom field for the estimated number of workdays for a task to be completed. I have also marked out all the task dependencies, so no task stands alone. The custom field combined with task dependencies could theoretically mean that all I would need to do is input the project start date or a due date for the first task and the due dates would automatically be filled in. I could then go to timeline to make small adjustments if necessary.

If the dates would adjust for calendar holidays or employee vacation schedules, that would be bonus!