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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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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another vote for Task Dependencies. Nee them within bucket, across buckets and across plans please.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, dependency between tasks is important. "Task A must be completed before task B" with automatization refresh dependent task start - end date

      • Bryan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I need the ability to create dependencies:

        - Within a bucket (amongst the tasks in the bucket)
        - Within a plan
        - Across plans

      • Andree commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a must feature that is available in every other similar tools. It will stop adoption of the tool if the functionality is not there

      • Justin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A link to other tasks in general would be nice. This feature could assist teams by referencing other tasks to gain clarity of an assignment, standardize work, and prevent duplication of a process.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi,

        In my company, we are getting full committed with Enterprise Office tools and features. Planner seems to be very handy on general tasks and for projects where more detailed is needed, but this "link usage" in between tasks is extremely essencial and a "must have".

        Are there any recent plan in order to have this in place?

      • Sal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Teams is a great tool for collaborating, however certain limitations such this task dependencies and linking. There are too many tools out there for PM collaboration, but an integrated solution in MS Teams would really be beneficial.

      • 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!

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