Formula or method(s) for identifying project tasks that can be started


I have a project sheet with dependencies enabled. I am trying to build a report that shows tasks that can be started because all predecessor tasks have been completed (e.g., marked as 100% complete).

I have some ideas on how this can be accomplished, but wanted input from the community here, in case this problem has already been solved.




  • JGreenberg

    Hi David,

    I use fully automated schedules that may help with your question. We have a Complete checkbox column that the team checks when a task is done (this is the only interaction we ask for from the larger team), and then a Status column (dropdown with Not Started, In Progress, Complete) that is entirely formula-based. Here is an example of a status formula for a row with Row 11 as a predecessor.

    =IF(Complete@row = 1, "Complete", IF(AND(Complete11 = 1, Complete@row = 0), "In Progress", IF(Complete11 = 0, "Not Started")))

    Then, we have automation workflows that send a "ready to start" transmittal to the person assigned to a row once the status changes to In Progress.

    From there, you can create an In Progress report.

    Hope this helps!


  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @DW1 @JGreenberg

    I hope you're well and safe!

    Have you explored using the SUCCESSORS feature instead?

    Would that work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!


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