New Project Templates

Overview

Custom templates can save your team a significant amount of time by allowing you to create standardized projects to streamline your workflow. With Asana’s previous version of Project Templates, users encountered various unideal scenarios that lead to stalled and disrupted work. The slick new Project Templates builder allows for you to see at a glance all elements and aspects of your Project Template and those of your team.

The New Project Templates will allow you to create custom, reusable templates to help your team kick off new projects in a matter of seconds, ultimately rectifying roadblocks previously encountered.

Through the ability to now create project templates from scratch, you can tailor their associative tasks, collaborators and timelines to your liking.

Legacy Project Templates vs New Project Templates

Previously users encountered issues with Project Templates that led to a stalled and disrupted workflow. The new features available in New Project Templates will rectify all roadblocks associated with the original Project Templates.

Legacy Project Templates - ProblemsNew Project Templates - Solutions
Tasks showing up as a regular task in an assignee’s My Tasks once they have been assigned to said person.Assigning tasks in a New Project Template will not show up in the assignees My Tasks
Dates within a template remain static. Therefore, created templates displaying stale due dates.New Project Templates will show only relative dates (e.g 3 days after a project has started) instead of displaying all dates.
Encountering difficulties finding templates for specific teams within the same place.All New Project Templates from any given team will now be displayed on the Team page

Creating a project using Project Templates from an existing Project

Guests

  1. Click on the arrow icon next to the project title
  2. Click on ‘Save as template’

From here, you can name your Project Template and share it with your team. You can also tailor the privacy settings for the Template to be shared with your team, give your team edit access or make it private to project Members. Once this is done, click on Create a new template.

Guests

Your template will now be generated, allowing you to start to build and tailor it to your needs.

Guests

Here, you’ll have the option to add or edit the template’s default tasks, Assignees and due dates.

Setting Project dates for a custom template

Dates within Project Templates are relative. This makes it easier to track tasks by showing how many days apart they are from either the start date or the end date of the project.

Dates within Project Templates are now relative to the start date or the end date of the project created from the template.

Navigating to the date picker will let you set start and/or end dates when creating your Project Template within which Asana will schedule all associated tasks. Only relative dates (e.g 3 days after the project has started) will be displayed within this picker.

Relative dates

Setting the reference date

Set schedule type

When setting a schedule you can:

  1. Either choose From project start date to make all task dates relative to the start date of the project when it’s created from the template.

  2. Or choose From project due date to make all task dates relative to the due date of the project when it’s created from the template.

You also have the option to not include dates or to skip weekends.

Once you have chosen dates, you will also have the option to click on the Add time in the bottom left-hand corner of the date picker screen. This will automatically prompt you towards a due time with a corresponding start time.

Customizing your Template

Templates can be tailored and customized by navigating to the Customize tab in the right hand corner of the template.

Project content

From here you will be able to customize by fields, forms, task templates and rules.

Additionally, you have the option of adding, editing or deleting any field of your choice. Once you have decided on the task dates and custom fields, click on Continue to the left of your Project Template.

Assigning tasks in a Project Template will not show up in the assignee’s My Tasks.

Template Settings

Guests

From Template Settings, you will have the option to:

  1. Edit the title of your Template
  2. Add a Template description
  3. Choose the team with access to the template
  4. Select a privacy setting
  5. Choose Project Template collaborators

Settings

Template owners can decide whether members can edit or use Project Templates.

Guests

  1. Those with Can edit permissions can add, edit and delete anything in the template.
  2. Those with Can use permissions can use the template to create projects, but can’t edit anything in the template.
  3. Members can be granted access to be set as a new template owner.
  4. Members can also be removed as a template member.

Creating a Project from scratch using Project Templates

You can also use the builder to create a template from scratch:

  1. Create a new project.
  2. Select Use a template
  3. Scroll down to the Custom Templates section
  4. Click on + New Template

Note: Once your team creates their first template, you can also create from scratch from the Team page, in the Templates section.

New template

Deleting a template

Project Templates across any given team can be easily viewed and identified simply by going to the Teams page.

From here, templates can be easily edited and deleted by clicking on the three dot icon in the upper right hand corner of the template.

Delete template

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