How do Task Relations work?

Task Relations are simply a way for you to specify how one task is related to another.

There are many scenarios where this might be helpful, so let’s set an example of how this works.

Take these two example tasks:

Write annual report
Assigned to David

Design annual report
Assigned to Catherine

It is most likely true that Catherine cannot design the annual report until David has finished writing it. In this case, Catherine’s “Design annual report” task is blocked by Davids’s “Write annual report” task. In other words, Catherine is prevented from working on her task until David has competed his task.

With this in mind Catherine can specify a relationship to her task:

While this relationship exists, Catherine should not be able to mark her task as ‘complete’ or ‘in progress’ until David has completed his task. And if she tries, a warning will appear advising that her task is still blocked by David’s task:

This helps accomplish a couple of things.

1) When viewing this task, Catherine and the rest of the team will know that she can’t start her task because she is being blocked by David.
2) David will know that Catherine commencing her task is dependant on him finishing his task first.

Possible Task Relationships

Is blocked by
A task is being blocked by another (see the example above).

Is similar to
A task that is similar to a task that already exists. This is helpful when you suspect (but may not be certain) that your task is the same as an existing task (perhaps it has a similar name or description).

Has issues with
A task that has issues with another task. For example, the task you created may be complicated by the existence of another task.

Relates to
A task that is closely related to another task in a more direct manner. For example, a task called ‘Team member photographs’ could be related to a task called ‘Write team member biographies’.

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