With a Dependency enabled, how to create Start dates for specific days of the week

edited 12/09/19 in Using Smartsheet
07/31/18 Edited 12/09/19

I have a building project where tasks cannot begin until an item has arrived from a supplier, then the dependent task can only be carried out on specific days of the week, e.g. a wall cannot be painted until the paint arrives, and the task of painting can only be conducted on, say, Saturday and Sunday.

So (in the example above), while the task of painting cannot commence until the predecessor task of paint being delivered is complete, the person carrying out the actual painting task is only able to work on Saturday and Sunday.

What I need, therefore, is a method of pushing a dependent task forward to the following Saturday.

Is this possible?

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  • Hello,

    You can accomplish this by unchecking Saturday and Sunday in your Project settings to make them working days in your sheet. More information on this is available in the help center: https://help.smartsheet.com/articles/765755-modifying-project-settings#dependencysettings

    You can then define dependencies between your "paint delivered" task and your "painting" task.

  • Hi, Shaine.

    Appreciate the response. What I failed to ask was, is there a method of pushing a dependent task forward to the Saturday following - automatically so that regardless of the day of the week a predecessor finishes, the dependent task will always start on the following Saturday - without me manually changing start dates to Saturdays? I've read through relevant articles and don't see references suggesting this is possible.

    Cheers,

    Tim

  • Hi Tim—

    There currently isn't a way to have tasks automatically push out to a specific day of the week regardless of when their predecessor is finished. (I think you're looking for functionality similar to constraints in MS Project, which we currently don't have in Smartsheet.)

    When you have a moment, please submit a product enhancement request using the form under Quick links on the right of the community site to let our Product team know that you'd like to have this functionality added to a future version of Smartsheet.

    With that being said, you might consider mimicking baseline functionality in a sheet. This would allow you to manually set up your expected schedule, then track the "actual" start and finish without your expected project plan getting unexpectedly pushed around. More information on mimicking baseline can be found here: https://www.smartsheet.com/blog/quick-guide-mimicking-baseline-functionality-smartsheet

  • Fantastic. Thanks, Shaine. Will submit a feature request and dig into the article.

    Thanks for taking time to respond.

    Tim (Australia)

  • Hi,

    Revisiting this question in 2021. Has anything changed in terms of the status of this functionality? I will, in the meantime, look into the baseline functionality in the link shared. Thank you.

    Tran

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