Dependencies and fixed dates

Dependencies and fixed dates


I've noticed several post on the archive asking for the same problem to be fixed, here are just 3 examples that go back to 2015.

In my personal case, I would like to demonstrate customers:

  • how the dependency was supposed to look like, without adding any padding on the dependency. Once you execute the project plan it looks like you planned the padding all along
  • be able to maintain the dependency even if the task was executed later to demonstrate the original intended plan vs reality
  • have the possibility to keep relative dates only on the tasks that really should be automatically updated

Can you please share the roadmap on when this is planned to be fixed? If this is not planned to be fix, it's OK but I would really appreciate the reasoning behind it and how Smartsheets plans to address the concerns above.


  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    Are you referring to establishing a baseline at the onset of the project so that you can later compare it to the actual status of the project to show where time was gained or lost on certain deliverables?

  • Hi Paul

    I should have probably explain the issue in detail. Basically Smart Sheets will not allow you to define a fix date and a dependency predesesor within the same task. I know that you can add padding to represent the correct date. however that workaround is not really the best option if you consider what I explained above.


  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    So if you have

    Task A

    Task B

    Task C

    You want Task B to have a set date, but a predecessor of Task A? In that case you could set the predecessor for Task A to be based off of the hard Start Date of Task B. You should be able to work backwards.

  • i would like to have Task A And Task B with hard dates both and still show the dependency line in between.

    Once you execute the project the dates might slightly vary and you need to reflect that, however once you do it the predecessor field will disappeared and also the line at the Gantt chart.

  • Paul NewcomePaul Newcome ✭✭✭✭✭

    I still feel like you are referring to Baseline vs Actual which is doable with a little bit of creativity.

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