Indefinite Lag Times?

Nick Noe
Nick Noe
edited 12/09/19 in Smartsheet Basics


I am trying to set up some predecessor relationships between tasks that don't have a definite lag time associated with it. I just need the relationship to require Task A to wrap up before Task B. Task B doesn't need to start immediately after Task A is done, but it CAN NOT start before.

For example, I am doing a building project, and I need to have the drywall hung and finished before the painters can get in. To me, it doesn't matter if the Drywall gets finished an hour before the painter shows up, or a week before, it just has to happen in that order. I'd like Smartsheet to guard against my process going out of order, but also want the flexibility to move stuff around as needed to manage multiple projects concurrently. 

I'd like to be able to tie one task to the one it proceeds, but need the flexibility to link them without knowing the exact lag time.

Currently, I find myself abandoning predecessors in these situations but worry it's going to get me out of order sooner rather than later. 


Thanks. Hopefully I'm just overlooking something obvious.