Setting deadlines for dependant tasks.

  • 2
  • Idea
  • Updated 6 years ago
How do I set a deadline for a task that is dependant on other tasks.

What I want to see is that a tasks had a deadline of say the 1st October, however the calculated completion date based on it's relationship with other tasks may be the 1st November and therefore it's in exception.
Photo of James Byrne

James Byrne

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 6 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Ryan Rudnitsky

Ryan Rudnitsky

  • 20 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Hi James,

In order to answer this question properly, what output are you trying to get with these dependent tasks? (i.e. Warn you when exceptions occur, be able to filter for exceptions, prevent these exceptions from happening, etc.).
Photo of James Byrne

James Byrne

  • 2 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Warn when exceptions occur and/or Be able to filter for exceptions.

A basic example would be that 4 sequential dependant tasks may take 1 week each and task 5 would represent the delivery of the product and be what the deadline is attached to.

At kick off the workflow would look like this:
Item Start Finish Deadline
Task 1 3-Sep 10-Sep NA
Task 2 10-Sep 17-Sep NA
Task 3 17-Sep 24-Sep NA
Task 4 24-Sep 1-Oct NA
Deliver Product 1-Oct 1-Oct 1st October

Task 1 then slips behind schedule resulting in the workflow looking like this:

Item Start Finish Deadline
Task 1 9-Sep 16-Sep NA
Task 2 16-Sep 23-Sep NA
Task 3 23-Sep 30-Sep NA
Task 4 30-Sep 7-Oct NA
Deliver Product 7-Oct 7-Oct 1st October

So I would now be looking for a way to see that the deadline for delivering the product was the 1st October, however the current estimate date is the 7th October therefore we have a problem.
Photo of Ryan Rudnitsky

Ryan Rudnitsky

  • 20 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I understand now, thank you for clarifying.

The only way this is possible is if the project is currently in motion. You can check the box marked "Roll up Task Info to Here" (see image) and the project / phase will be time-stamped and if certain tasks are not complete in their expected time frames, the topic will turn a different color (red = past due & yellow = at risk [meaning will not complete on the current track])

This model does not work on projects you are planning out in the future. Since the time-stamp is correlated with the actual current date we have no way of marking projects whose start dates aren't current.

My apologies if this is the case.

We will mark this as a feature request so product management can see if this functionality can be build in future releases.

.