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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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      • Thomas Henkelmann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would not try to duplicate functionality that exists in Project Online or Project Professional i.e. build a schedule with predecessors and successors. A simple "this task belongs to..." with a list or maybe even only one other tasks would already help a lot. And it could be integrated into the promotion of checklist items: when you promote a checklist item to a new task it could automatically inherit "I belong to my former task".

      • Jakub Havel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As for task dependency it would be useful to integrate it to checklists – right now the checklist feature is not that useful without notifications.
        If checklists in tasks would notify workers and get individual deadlines, that'd be awesome, because the task itself would express the task definition and process including deadline (of the whole task) and checklist items would express individual steps. Maybe it would be awesome to add possibility to assign cheklist item to certain person?
        So in the end it would be more than great to transform checklists into sub-tasks with its own people assigned, deadline set and notifications available 😊.

        explanation of notifications:
        – notify person assigned to following sub-task, that he/she can start working on it
        – notify "everyone" about progress on the task

      • Deb Walther commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I use this when I created my old SharePoint Project Sites via a Task list. I'm lost without it.

      • Michael Bongard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be a very important feature. Its present omission precludes use of Planner for serious, "big-ticket" projects. Please implement!

      • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think this would aid in the development of a Gantt chart view as well. Overall would given planner a much greater level of added flexibility and value if teams need to plan long term.

      • WebSolprov commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be much needed to bring MS Planner forward into more applicable project management tool; also to be able to add custom fields as you can do with Trello.

      • visal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please allow dependencies, its a no brainer for management of projects.

      • Anwar Mahmood commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        subtasks and dependencies would enable work breakdown structure (WBS) - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_breakdown_structure). This is a fundamental approach to complex project management.

        frankly, it's strange that I have to explain and justify this!

        Also, there are many suggestions including the word "dependency"; they are probably for the same thing, but because they are separate suggestions, they don't have a single suggestion with a high number of votes. Please remediate that too!

      • Nick Oram commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree, very tricky at the moment to create an order of tasks, so using checklists at the moment, but as these cant be assigned it limits functionality (see assignable subtasks request)

      • Dallas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ability to add a subtask onto next action list rather than the whole project

      • david commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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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