|At what point do you distinguish a "sub-project" from a "sub-task?"|
2007-05-25, 01:25 PM
The left panel (project view mode) only displayes Inbox, folders and projects. You can have a folder and/or a project inside a folder. If you drag a project inside a project, the new child becomes a task (judging from its icon and the fact that it doesn't appear in the left panel).
From the top level, you can have projects and folders only (tasks must be inside something, Inbox is a special folder, I think).
[rule 1] Once you have a project along some branch of the tree, you can't have a subproject or folder. You can only have "tasks" and "subtasks".
[rule 2] If you have a folder somewhere along a branch of the tree, you can have subfolders, but if you add a task directly inside the folder, it becomes a project.
If you have a project (call it A) and place a project (B) inside A using dragging for example, then B becomes a "task". (This adheres to rule 1)
I say "task" or "subtask" above, because projects and folders are the only things in the left panel. A former project (B) that is moved inside a project (A) no longer appears in the left panel, but in the main window, B now appears with a check box, not the project icon.
2007-05-28, 01:24 PM
[I just sent this to OF Feedback, I figured it's probably worth posting here.]
One of the things I love about the OmniApps is all the hard work Omni does to figure out what I might want to do, so when I go to do something the application just does what I expect.
A place where OF is not behaving the way I expect is with regards to projects, sub-projects, project folders, and next actions:
Issue 1 - It's not necessarily clear what should be a project (perhaps with nested subprojects) and what should go in a project folder. Project folders are created in one pane using one set of mouse controls (with some access to keyboard controls), while projects, subprojects and tasks are created in the outliner view using primarily keyboard controls. Tasks and projects can be promoted & demoted via the keyboard, but not moved into folders (so far as I can tell). The distinctions seem a little confusing, especially given Issue 2 & 3.
Issue 2 - Parallel/sequential projects and next actions. When I create a sequential project, the first task on the list is marked as the next action. When I create a parallel project, again the first task on the list is marked as the next action. It seems to me that in a parallel project any & every task is a potential next action, so all should be marked as next actions or none.
Issue 3 - Parallel projects, next actions, & subprojects. When I create subprojects of a parallel project, I assumed that each subproject would then have its own next action. OF doesn't do this, instead leaving only the first task in the project as the next action. This seems to remove some of the functionality of a parallel project for me. I did a workaround by creating a project folder with a project for each of the original subprojects, and now I'm able to see the next action for each project. However, since project folders have a different life than projects (see Issue 1), this required a bunch of dragging&dropping.
Because the project list can be grouped in many different ways, including by folder, it seems to be a useful aspect of the UI. If you don't find it helpful to group projects by area of responsibility, you don't need to use them.
One of the great things about Omni apps is their flexibility!
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