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Add functionality to create dependencies

Add functionality to link tasks with dependencies. One the upper level task is complete the tasks that are dependent on it would become active and notify those task owners.

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      • TBB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Planner should be retracted until improved or re-launched as a task notifier without any mention of planning and even with that there are much better solutions.
        Comparing Planner (which our company want us to use) to MSProject is like comparing paper sticky notes on a paper calendar to Office Calendar for scheduling meetings. Project planning is a complicated interaction of tasks as people note over and over, and without any tools to understand interactions makes this application quite useless as a planner. And since there is no way to create a plan here, it will be done elsewhere anyway. This is very DISAPPOINTING.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Linking tasks from different plans is much needed for Marketing Planning. since each bucket can have it's own separate plan with more detailed tasks and buckets.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use MS Project 2016 Enterprise, via O365. I like the features, but Planner could be improved. Linking tasks is the only one suggestion of many. Another suggestion would be to allow users to create some level of custom fields, like a Sharepoint site. If I could do this, my entire PMO would likely stick with Planner for the vast majority of our projects.

        Thanks for the consideration!

      • V. V. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, this functionality is a must have (Basecamp, Wrike, … have this) with plan templates and gantt chart... Planner can be really usefull for many new usecases. Right now we are having some troubles with Office implementation for our customers because of:
        - no way to mention someone in comments (like in outlook or response to comment via email)
        - no way to drag/drop a file from pc/mac to a task
        - NO DEPENDENCIES
        - no templates

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not having dependency-based planning makes Planner an incomplete solution for project planning. It's fine for very simple "to do list" type work in an idealized way where you can set a plan and then not have dates change, but not for managing multi-stakeholder deliverables in the real world, not being able to link cards and setup dependencies is a dealbreaker. Since Project doesn't have a Teams tab integration, and Project does, it makes sense to layer this feature in here!

      • Jay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be brilliant as a way to complete your section and hand it over to the next person. Could this be connected to Flow?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is would be very useful because I do not any other way to do quickly in Microsoft Teams

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolutely necessary for planner to have the success it deserves. This functionality is available in similar tools such as Redbooth and is very useful.

      • Bjørn Holte Johansen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am working in a large organization, and we have a hierarchy in the line of management. My boss has a group of managers round his table, and he uses MS Planner to keep track of tasks. When I get a task assigned to me, I would have liked to be able to span one or more subtasks into other MS Planner Plans where my employees got access. In this way, I would be able to allocate work (tasks) directly to my employees based on the tasks I get from my boss. This would also make it easy to create and follow up on all my tasks.

        In addition to span subtasks onto another Plan, it would have been nice if I could also monitor the progress of a subtask directly in the parent task (‘Subtask not started’, ’Subtask is in progress’, ‘Subtask completed’)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think this is important to let a good basic project management approach. It is in my opinion strictly related to the gantt view

      • Adam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a much needed feature. My company recently moved to using Microsoft Planner, and this is a feature that would be a wonderful enhancement to the product. If you'd really like to add icing to the cake, the ability to visualize dependencies would be even more amazing.

        No matter if you are an agile organization or a waterfall organization, there are always dependencies, and my products are missing the mark on being able to track these, and visualize them.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Adding this functionality would make this more useful. Minus it, I'm going to have to find an alternate solution.

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