Dependencies specify the relationships between tasks, milestones, and other items which can be presented on the timeline and can be displayed by the Gantt and Board type modules (Gantt and Board are the default module names used). By defining dependencies, you can not only automate task scheduling but also highlight relations between tasks without impacting the schedule. Keep in mind, that the items presented on the Gantt chart are system-wide and changing their dependencies might affect tasks in other Boxes or connected tools.

Dependency types

There are two basic types of dependencies:

  • Strong dependencies → have a scheduling impact. 
  • Soft dependencies → serve a purely informational purpose and don't have any scheduling impact

Strong dependencies

Strong dependencies have a scheduling impact on tasks. 

Soft dependencies

The way in which dependencies are displayed varies based on a module.

Gantt module

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External links show dependencies between tasks within the scope of different Boxes. Such a dependency might constrain and therefore the task period mode is set to "locked":

Dependency details

The following can be defined for a dependency:


StrongSoft
target task

YES

YES

dependency type

YES

Soft dependencies don't have different types

lag time

YES

NO

ASAP mode

YES

NO

Description

YES

YES