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.
@Mike I think you need Microsoft's other solution for development called Azure Dev Ops. Its comparable to Jira and highly customizable, although licensing is completely separate from Office 365.
ANY dependency capability would be great! At a Task level would be perfect, but even at a Bucket level could be a good good start.
Agree with below comments, vital for this to be practical as a PM tool
Jira provides loose model of what is needed:
For each Planner card, you can select what type of card it is. For example:
"Project" card is for large body of work that may depend on a number of "Task" cards.
"Task" card is a medium body of work that may depend on a number of "Subtask" cards.
"Subtask" card is the smallest body of work.
Six critical aspects of this feature are, as follows:
1) The "Project" card, dependent "Task" cards, and dependent "Subtask" cards can each be assigned to different people.
2) Dependent "Task" cards are listed (and hot-linked) within the "Project" card; dependent "Subtask" cards are listed (and hot-linked) within the "Task" card.
3) Provide the ability to filter on each level (e.g., only see "Project" cards) to remove noise in the Bucket view.
4) Provide the ability to disassociate a "Task" card from a "Project" card and a "Subtask" card from a "Task" card. Allow those cards to be orphaned or to be re-associated with another card that is one level higher than it.
5) Allow each card type to easily be changed into another card type -- change a "Project" card to a "Task" card to a "Subtask" card (any combination).
6) Allow "Task" cards to be linked to a "Project" card in a different plan (for plans where a trust relationship has been agreed by both plan owners). Same for "Task" cards and "Subtask" cards.
Helpful: You could have a card that is higher than a "Project" card for very large projects (e.g., a "Program" card).
Note: I cannot emphasize enough how essential this feature is to the successful use of Planner by most organizations. Please implement this!!
This is a complex feature and should be combined into this thread:
If you combine the votes of these threads, it is apparent just how critical this feature is to most organizations.
A. Fahim Ayub commented
This reduces the need for us to switch to using other apps for managing projects of such nature.
We have a dire need for this functionality...is this even in development yet?
Another vote for Task Dependencies. Nee them within bucket, across buckets and across plans please.
Yes, dependency between tasks is important. "Task A must be completed before task B" with automatization refresh dependent task start - end date
I need the ability to create dependencies:
- Within a bucket (amongst the tasks in the bucket)
- Within a plan
- Across plans
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
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.
Essential where one task cascades a number of related subtasks
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?
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.
This is what keeps me using Task lists...
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.
Tim Reed commented
I agree with Karen below. This thread is the same as https://planner.uservoice.com/forums/330525-microsoft-planner-feedback-forum/suggestions/10687974-mark-a-task-as-a-prereq-or-dependency-on-another-t. Perhaps they should be consolidated.
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.
I believe this request is the same as https://planner.uservoice.com/forums/330525-microsoft-planner-feedback-forum/suggestions/10687974-mark-a-task-as-a-prereq-or-dependency-on-another-t. Maybe these should be consolidated into one for better vote tracking?
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!