Getting Started Guide

Task Dependency

Task Dependency is a relationship in which a task is dependent on other task(s).

In Zoho Projects, you can do the following in Dependency View:

Task Dependency View

Task Dependency view helps the project team to get bird's eye view of dependent tasks. Also dependency view links tasks so that the dependent tasks are automatically adjusted when a top task is rescheduled. A sequence number is given to Tasks based on start date. Seq.No's are used when adding dependencies.

Dependency view

We've put help snippets for you to know more about Task Dependencies implemented in Zoho Projects.

Task dependency Help

Note:

  • If you modify the End Date of the parent task, the Start Date of the child task is also altered at times. Based on Business Hours settings, if the child task or successor task falls on a weekend or non-business hour, the Start Date of the child task is adjusted to the next working day or business hour.

Predecessors

Predecessor task is whose start or finish date determines the start or finish date of it's successor task. You can set dependency between tasks from this view. You can click the Predecessors column against any particular task, enter the parent task's S.No and then click Enter to save the dependency link.

Predecessors

Validations for Task Dependency

  • You cannot set dependencies, between tasks with the same Start and Finish dates.
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A warning message about task conflicts is displayed if the dependent tasks share the same dates.

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    • You cannot set dependencies, between a child task whose Start date is the same as the Finish date of the parent task.
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Note:

  • However, you can set dependencies for these tasks if the Start time of the child task is later than the Finish time of the parent task.
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  • If you pre-pone the Start date of the successor or dependent task without modifying the predecessor's Finish date, a warning message is displayed.
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  • If you post-pone the Finish date of a predecessor task, then the Start and Finish dates of the dependent or successor task(s)
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 will also be updated to reflect the number of days or hours shifted in the Finish date of the corresponding predecessor task.

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  • A successor or dependent task will have a Start date later than the predecessors Finish date.
  • You can close a successor task only if its predecessor task(s) is closed. A warning message is displayed, if you try to close a dependent task without closing its predecessor task(s).
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  • You can set dependencies for tasks across task lists.

Add Comments

You can add comments about predecessors, dependency list, task details and so on from Dependency View.

To add comments:

  1. In Home section, click Projects.
  2. In Projects list view, select the required project.
  3. Hover over Tasks & Milestones and then click Tasks.
  4. In Classic View, click Dependency View.
  5. Hover over the task name, click Action Menu and then choose Add Comment.
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  6. In NOTES, specify your comments about the selected task.
  7. Click Add Comment to add comments to the task.
    Add Comments

View Dependency Tree

Dependency list shows the hierarchy of tasks and its dependent tasks in a tree like fashion.

To view the dependency list:

  1. In Home section, click Projects.
  2. In Projects list view, select the required project.
  3. Hover over Tasks & Milestones and then click Tasks.
  4. In Classic View, click Dependency View.
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  5. Hover over the task name, click Action Menu and then choose Dependency List to view the dependency details of the selected task.
Task Dependency Tree

Task Details

Task Details is a consolidated view of dependency list, Milestone Name and so on along with other task details.

To view task details:

  1. In Home section, click Projects.
  2. In Projects list view, select the required project.
  3. Hover over Tasks & Milestones and then click Tasks.
  4. In Classic View, click Dependency View.
    dependency-list
  5. Hover over the task name, click Action Menu and then choose Task Details to view the details of the selected task.
Task Properties

 

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