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Automatic Timeline Changes

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Jon Gallez
edited 12/09/19 in Archived 2016 Posts

Hello! Newbie here to Smartsheet. I am working on a project that requires a timeline of multiple items with deadlines that are dependent one each other (i.e. can't start phase 2 without completing phase 1). 

 

What formatting can I use to automatically push back phase 2 and 3 if phase 1 end date or start date changes?

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  • Atus Bartal
    Atus Bartal ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 06/13/16
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    Jon,

    I guess you just need to enable dependencies in Project Settings, as it's well described in this article:

    http://help.smartsheet.com/customer/portal/articles/765727

    Once enabled, you can create dependency relationships between tasks using the Predecessors column. 

    If phases in your sheet have sub-tasks, please note that dependencies can be set only between individual tasks (not between parent rows). 

     

    If you need more help, please let me know.

     

    Atus

  • Jon Gallez
    edited 06/13/16
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    Atus,

     

    Dependency is enabled on my sheet. Still can't get the dates to automatically changed for Task 2 and 3 when changing 1. I also cannot find the edit predecessors portion either in the application. Would this have anything to do with the free trial verison?

     

    Thanks!

     

    Jon

  • Atus Bartal
    Atus Bartal ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 06/13/16
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    No, it should work even in trial versions. 

     

    Isn't this following situation the case?

    NOTE: If a parent row has a Predecessor value listed, this dependency relationship will drive the Start dates for each child row making them un-editable. Deleting the Predecessor value on the Parent Row will remove this constraint and allow you to manipulate the child row dates individually.

    (from http://help.smartsheet.com/customer/portal/articles/765737)

     

    The "Edit predecessors" icon is on the right in any pred. cell (little pencil). 

     

    Atus

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