May 23, 2023 08:16 AM
Alright...I think I'm being super dense here, but I can't figure out how to do something that is probably super basic.
In this base : https://airtable.com/shrKq03xsOCwHUmbL
What we have:
What I am trying to do is to establish logic in the Lifecycle table that (for instance, on Row 1) autopopulates the name of the specific person who owns all of the tasks that their role is defined as owning in the Tasks table.
So, for Row 1, I want to be able to have a column/field that autopopulates (I presume through a Lookup?) the name of the person who owns Task 1 being done on Project 1. I am doing a lookup to pull from the Tasks table that Task 1 is always done by a Product Manager. In the People table, I have established that John Smith is the (or a) Product Manager on Project 1, but I am not getting how to automatically have John Smith's name show up in what I am calling the Owner By Name field in the Lifecycle table. (Note : Owner By Name is a link field right now, but I'm sure it isn't supposed to be. I just don't know what to make it instead).
The use case here is that I am running multiple projects with many team members, each playing a role in which they own a preset set of tasks. In that Lifecycle table, I want to track each and every task and have it autoassign to each team member depending on their role and which team they are on. Then, when that is done, of course I can group and track tasks by the name of the particular individual on the project than just by their role.
I think I may have kinda wrapped myself around the axle with the links that I have created, in the process maybe creating too many and/or forgetting a key one here or there. I also figure that I am just missing something really easy and don't have to do this through either a script or an automation, but there again maybe I'm wrong.
Any help/suggestions/modification would be appreciated!
May 23, 2023 08:20 AM
Note : I know I didn't mention usage of the Teams table at all. I did that only because I doubt that it is relevant to my goal of being able to autopopulate the owner of a given task based on his role and which project he is on. If someone sees a use for that though, I'm all ears.
May 23, 2023 12:54 PM
Apologies to anyone who may be interested in helping with this. I just realized that I am sitting here monkeying around with the base and have undone much of what I just described in the original post. Working on fixing it.
In the meantime...hoping that just my text description is useful for anyone who wants to help.
May 26, 2023 02:56 PM
Any suggestions on this? Thanks!
May 27, 2023 01:35 AM
Hmm, did we rename the "Lifecycle" table to "Task Tracking"? Also, is your end goal to be able to go to the "People" table and see all the tasks that are assigned to them?
If so, I think you could try adding a formula field to the "Task Tracking" table that will output the name of the person in charge of the task based on the task type (i.e. a formula that will output the name in the "Product Manager" lookup field if the task's "Roles" value is "Product Manager")
You'll then need to add a linked field to the "People" table, and then copy and paste the value from the formula field above into the linked field
Now when you go to the "People" table you'll be able to see that person's assigned tasks
You can also create an automation that'll do the copy pasting for you once you've set everything up
May 27, 2023 11:09 AM
I don't know that I would have called that (seeing the assigned tasks per person in "People") a goal, but it absolutely wouldn't hurt.
(Yeah, I did some renaming and mucking around with the base after my OP, hoping to figure this out on my own.)
Let me think about what you said and see if I can do it on my own. I'm not sure if it will give me what I need though in only outputing the name of the actual Product Manager (or whatever) assigned to that particular project. Maybe it will though.
Thank you! Let me see if I can make that work.