How to search for stalled projects?

I want to set up a custom perspective to show a list of stalled projects — ones that meet the following criteria:

  • the project is active;
  • the project has remaining tasks; and
  • the project does not have any available tasks.

These criteria should bring up, for example, active sequential projects whose first task has a future deferred date.

How do I do this?

I can’t see a way to do that in the general case with only perspective rules.

There is the ‘Has an active project which has no remaining actions’ rule which has traditionally been used to create a ‘stalled projects’ perspective, but this is in the GTD sense of a project containing only completed tasks and needing at least one ‘next action’ to keep things moving. Projects with remaining but unavailable actions are not matched by this rule.

If you never use action groups, you can get the desired result using an ‘Entire Projects’ perspective with ‘Has a project which is active’, Remaining’, and ‘None(Available)’. Action groups will pollute it since many of them will be unavailable simply because they contain available actions.

If an ‘Is a project’ rule existed (in addition to the current ‘Is not a project or group’), it would solve that problem.

Thank you for your response, @MultiDim. I don’t see a way either. I will implement the method you suggest; it seems it is the best I can do right now. I will also submit a feature request to OmniGroup.

If anyone else has suggestions for different methods, please share! :-)

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