Google Docs and the Google Drive suite of productivity apps such as Sheets and Slides, ushered in a new era of teamwork collaboration. Microsoft’s Office suite also offers strong collab-friendly features now too, which is more important than ever with more and more people working from home and teams spread across multiple locations. As well as being able to work together, however, management is an important feature working in teams and Google has just introduced a new feature to Docs to help facilitate easier management practices and the delegation of tasks.
There are many different project management programs and apps out there like Asana and Trello that help you manage your own tasks and the tasks of team members and colleagues. Google looks to be implementing some basic project management functionality, commonly found in these types of specialist programs, into Google Docs.
In a Google Workspace Updates blog post, the search giant has released news of an update that will allow you set and assign project checklists. The items in the checklist will then show in your task list or, if you have assigned them somebody else, they will show up in their task list. Google summarizes the new update like this:
“In Google Docs, you can now assign a checklist item to yourself or a colleague that will then show up in the assignee’s Tasks list. When edits are made to an assigned item in Tasks, such as a change to the title, due date or completion state, those updates will show in the Doc, and vice versa.”
Google already begun rolling out the update with all Rapid Release domains due to receive it by September 1st and Scheduled Release Domains to receive by August 14th. For the new feature to work, however, Google Tasks will need to be switched to on for all team members and this also means that it will only be available for Google Workspace users and not users with personal business accounts.
In other recent Google Docs news, you will soon be able to add official signatures to your Google Docs documents.