Increasing slowness of Dynamic View

Sharon F.
Sharon F. ✭✭✭
edited 06/14/22 in Add Ons and Integrations

I have a sheet with ~90 columns and currently ~650 rows. The number of rows of the sheet will continue to increase. There are about 30 columns that are formula columns of which 15 use nested if statements about 7 levels deep. The sheet is used to track project roles and assignments. I have a few Dynamic Views to filter down for specific teams so that each resource manager can manage their teams' resources. The Dynamic View enables them to create new resource requests, assign new resources and to end assignments etc. The underlying Smartsheet has quite a few automations running to notify stakeholders for certain changes in status.

I am finding that the sheet is becoming increasingly slow and the Dynamic Views as well. I have tried to modify the formula to be less complex but then ran into issues with the calculation time which ended up being much longer and so was presenting an error message before eventually catching up and displaying the correct answer. Sometimes, this would require a refresh of the sheet. It is getting frustrating for my stakeholders to have to wait quite a long time for the details panel to load with the fields that they can update. Is there a way or suggested solution on how to speed up the app?


  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Sharon F.

    I hope you're well and safe!

    Can you describe your process in more detail and maybe share the sheet(s)/copies of the sheet(s) or some screenshots + formulas? (Delete/replace any confidential/sensitive information before sharing) That would make it easier to help. (share too,

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic weekend!


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  • skarkhoff
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    @Sharon F. - I am in the same boat. I have a number of formulas, conditional formatting, and Data Mesh workflows being used on a sheet and it's becoming so slow for users, specifically when saving data.

    I've tried to condense formulas and formatting, and also tried separating the formulas into different columns so they are shorter, nothing seems to help.

    I agree that it's hard to gain user adoption when they consistently see the "blue circle of death"!

    If you find anything that can speed this process up, please share!

  • Has there been any progress on this issue? Our application requires the use of Dynamic view to enable individual updates to a large sheet, but the latency is really going to impact user adoption. Any traction?

  • James Wesley
    James Wesley ✭✭✭✭

    I am in the same boat right now...just launched this tool and hearing the same results.

  • My teams are pushing to pull away from Smartsheet because of this latency issue....they would rather go back to an excel spreadsheet.