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Tasks dependencies are the relationships among tasks which determine the order in which activities need to be performed, in other words which tasks are primary and which ones are dependent.


All four most common dependency types are supported:

1. Finish to Start (FS) – Ex. Fill the car up, before going on a road trip

2. Start to Start (SS) – Ex. Excavation must start, before you start laying pipes

3. Finish to Finish (FF) - Ex. Paving must be finished, before line painting can be finished

4. Start to Finish (SF) – Ex. Parents must return and start taking care of their children again, before babysitter is allowed to finish the job and leave.

It’s important that you set start and/or end dates for your tasks if you want to use dependencies, otherwise Bitrix24 won’t let you create them.

How it works:

Identify the task which deadlines shift influences the other tasks execution. Set dependencies between them. In this case you can shift the dates of the main task and dependent tasks dates will be automatically shifted.



How to set tasks dependencies

If you point the mouse cursor to the task block in the Gantt Chart, you will notice 2 circles by each side of the task - in order to set the dependencies click on one task start or end date & drag it (so that a dotted line will appear) to another tasks start or end date.



In other words the task which you drag the line from is considered to be primary (main) task in this connection, when the task which has the line dragged to becomes dependent. If you shift the dates for the main task, the dependent task's dates will be shifted automatically. But, if you shift the dates of the dependent task - it won't influence the main task's dates.

Tasks deadlines shift is not connected with dependencies and is performed separately.

One task can be connected to several other tasks. In this case the system checks if the new connection influences on the existing dependencies. If the new connection logics conflicts with the existing dependencies, this connection won't be established and you will get the following error: "Circular links are not allowed".

In order to delete the existing dependency - put the cursor on the dependency connection & click delete:



Zoom in / out Gantt Chart

You’ll also notice that you can now zoom in and out of the Gantt chart view, which is extremely handy when you are working with tasks that take months to complete.



Free plan lets you have up to 5 dependencies between tasks. Advanced tasks are availbale for Bitrix24 Plus, Standard and Professional plans subscribers.

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