Date management using templates
Usually when using templates, its usefoul to be able to have a Set date or so to apply to a given template, let me explain, if i have a product development template or a marketing launching plan, or an IT project plan, etc... means that my project will have the same or very similar phases/tasks and duration, otherwise Im not using a template.
Then if the phases/tasks are the same or similar the dates can be similar too, at least they are useful as a guideline for the new project.
When I create a new project out of a template, I see that all dates remain the original dates instead of asking me when I want this project to start or at least, at which date I want to "push" the initial tasks and keep the duration as the formula to push the end dates. (ex: I i have my template starting on 01/01/2020, and when i start I specify that the project will start on 08/01/2021, i expect to push all task dates + 1year and 8 months)
But in my templates, far from this, i have the exact dates i had set when creating a project and if i try to modify a date, the picker, sets me to that date, its not the case now, but in 3 o 10 years ....)
Is there any way to do this? Am i doing something wrong with my templates?
Using formulas and making all dates dependent on a formulas is a "weak" workaround: i dont see it very practical as at the end if i use "today" it will be needed to redo all again as probably the project is not starting today. Using a formula based on a cell, where i set a intial date.... this is better, but once again, having a column to set an initial date is...., and also means that ALL tasks are formula or predecessor dependent, and if the user tries to modify, add or delete a task, will break all the formulas.