Dependencies/Links Between Tasks
Add A Dependency/Link Between Tasks
To have a task’s start date determined by the completion date of a previous task, or, for tasks without dates, to have them linked together in a specific order, a task can be made “dependent” on the prior task. Dependencies can be added after a task has been created. The dependencies column has the ↳ symbol in the header row.
Viewing and Navigating
When hovering the cursor over a task's dependency arrow (that shows when a task has an existing dependency) Workzone colors the background of the predecessor(s) and successor(s) to that task. Predecessors have a pink background, while successor tasks receive a yellow background. Also, a small pop-up frame will display clickable links for that same hovered task's predecessor(s) and successor(s). Clicking these links will scroll to and highlight the selected task.
Delete A Dependency
To delete an existing task dependency, from the List or Gantt view, click on the dependency icon on the task row (the ↳ symbol). In the next box, under This task is dependent upon: click the x next to the task(s) you wish to unlink, then click "Done". Other actions, such as adding dependencies, can also be performed in this window (before clicking "Done).
Highlight When Predecessor Is Late
NOTE: Dependencies notifications can also be sent when a task upon which the downstream task is dependent is marked complete.
Link Multiple Tasks At Once
NOTE: This can only be done for independent tasks (no dependencies either for the task or the task’s parent) at the same level within the project.
Remove Links For Multiple Tasks
NOTE: Tasks for which dependency links are removed will be converted to independent tasks with the start and end dates they had before the dependencies were removed. Dateless tasks will remain dateless.
Lead and Lag
Sometimes, the next task doesn’t start immediately after the previous task has finished, for example, once the photos are sent for print, the printer has a 5-day turn-around on proofs, so a 5-day delay can be built in to accommodate. It’s also possible to have negative ‘lag’, known as ‘lead' time. As an example of lead time, the food for the open house must be ordered 5 days prior to the open house. A 5-day lead time will ensure that, even if the date of the open house moves, the task to order food always comes 5 days before.
In instances when one project may rely on specific tasks in another project, Workzone provides a way of linking those tasks as dependent, even across projects. For example, a campaign that has several projects in different mediums may first rely on design work being completed in an altogether separate project. Cross-Project Dependencies are an Enterprise-only feature.