It would be good if we are able to create a subtask to an existing task.
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As an update, we’d like to pursue improvements to the checklist functionality in Planner, but don’t have any near-term plans.
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It would be really useful if my subtasks showed as the checklist and once the subtask was mark completed by one of my coworkers it would check it off my checklist to signal me when I have all subtasks done and ready for me to do my part.
This is an absolute necessity so that several people can work together on a project with milestones.
Erin Fisher-Root commented
This is something I could really use as well for my team. It would also be great if the sub-tasks could be assigned to other people as well. If the Planner team could refer to how Asana handles tasks, it would be really nice to see Planner's tasks function the same way.
Not being able to assign subtasks to different people with different dates within an overall project and monitor that progress is a joke.
It wouldn't be so bad if you could use the buckets as the overall project but you cannot assign start finish dates to the bucket and on the schedule view it doesn't show which task belongs to which bucket. Overall totally useless as a project management tool.
Josef Rudenlöv commented
Not being able to create subtasks, or at a minimum linked tasks, that can be used for tracking progress of a parent task is a deal breaker. A subtask needs to be assignable, trackable from parent, time limited (own due date), and possible to inherit information from master. A simple checklist doesn't come close at all to that need and this simple feature renders Planner close to unusable..
If subtasks can't be created, how about having multi-level checklists? Having just a single flat list isn't much use.
I agree on this feature. At the moment, having to "repeat" a main task so that there is individual assignment is a little annoying. To combat this, we append [Initials] after the checklist item and assign multiple users to one task. It would be great to have one task in one bucket, that I can individually assign members a point on the checklist without having to append initials. I hope we see this integrated soon!
Plus for the subtasks to have all the fields of a task: due date, assignee, progress, etc.
Nicholas Saayman commented
Having come from JIRA and trying to adopt planner - the lack of ability to create subtasks and/or assign checklist (ie sub)tasks to people slows teams down.
How about this;
Add a Link to another Task as a checklistentry?
If the Task will be set to done, the cecklistentry becomes checked.automaticly.
To choose a Task, add a button at the End of the checkkist. If clicked, Show a list of Tasks (probably only in the same bucket?) to choose from.
I would love that feature.
Absolutely. I`m totally with you, that Tasks should be referenceable to others. Not only creating Sub-Tasks out of a Task, but also "connecting" existing ones.
That in turn, maybe would also make it easier, to generate a GANTT-Chart.
The ability to have sub-tasks and assign them to different users is essential
Checklists are ******NOT GOOD ENOUGH*******. Sub-tasks are critical.
I need to track my team's progress, both at the macro AND the micro level. So, how many parent tasks do they own, and how many child tasks do they own, and the percentage complete.
Need ability to add several checklists -being able to rename them , plus assign @ team member to each item on checklist with ideally individual due date if required. The task cannot be marked complete until all items in checklists are completed.
Russell Stanford commented
Would like to be able to copy a text list in notepad and create a checklist for each line.
Second option would be to import csv, xlsx or some type of file to import a checklist.
would like more than 25 items in a checklist.
For instance new hire task, "Setup Accounts". We have more than 25 items to check off for this task.
Subtasks are needed. Say you are trying to implement a feature in a product and that task involved 4-5 subtasks to consider that main task complete. In addition those sub tasks could be assigned to different team members with the project lead managing the main task.
I do not feel a checklist is sufficient.
With subtasks each subtask could have it's own assignee and timeframe.
Having multiple checklists for a task as a task may involve aspects from different areas.
Chris Brown commented
Sometimes a task is large and is better tracked with many child tasks.
I would like Planner to be able to accommodate creating child tasks for a parent task whereby the parent task cannot be closed while child tasks remain unfinished.
It would also be good if the user interface for the child tasks was exactly like making an ordinary task (i.e. start and end date, assigning users, checklists, discussion) just with another element for parent and child tasks associated with the given task.
Subtasks should be able to have different people assigned to them, with the ability to have start/end dates (which should be able to use emails reminders).
Planner team any updates? The last update from the planner team was over 1.5 years ago.
Assigning Subtasks to different people would be helpful.