[Status: Backburner ⌛️] More control with dependencies

It would be interesting to have deferent level of control on dependencies. Like very strict option.

Example: To avoid employees to start a task before a prior task is completed, it would be useful to block the stopwatch and the status box for the task waiting for the completion of this task.

It would resolve a big problem here. 

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I’d like to take a moment to clarify this issue further, as there are several factors to be understood and considered regarding the dependancies shortcomings.

The ability to:
1. enforce hard dependencies (ie: prevent starting dependent successor tasks)
2. filter out dependent successor tasks from dashboards (for example from a “my to-do list today” widget, if it’s dependent it’s not “to-do today”, regardless of the scheduled start date.
3. filter out dependent successor tasks from “my work”
4. prevent notifications in Wrike inbox when I’m assigned to tasks that are dependent on predecessors and not ready to be worked on.
5. When a predecessor is completed, move the successor task’s start date to today maybe? For example if step 2 in a dependency chain was scheduled to take 3 weeks and it was actually finished early in 1 week (I know, miracles do happen, sometimes), in such a scenario, step 3 could start the day step 2 is completed, why does it stay scheduled to begin only in week 4?
6. Overdue predecessors that are completed late creates a task that starts out overdue on the first day it can be worked on, this may be a unfortunate reality, but if I’m assigned to a dependent successor task and my teammate is late doing his previous step by 3 days, there is no way you can tell me I’m 3 days overdue on day 1 that I can start working.

All of the above are real missing core feature.

In our org we utilized the API to successfully solve 2, 5, & 6. And we are actively working on solving 1.

3&4 cannot be adjusted via API. So we are stuck there unfortunately.

Thank you

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Just to add to this very nice comprehensive list by Joel, a sister thread on dependency issues (https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/115001633865-Automatic-Task-Status-Changed-on-Dependency-completion) points out (among other things) that there is also the problem of the product currently forcing us to set timelines in order to create dependencies (i.e. not allowing task dependencies without having to set task start and end dates) as well as the issue represented by the thread's title - not having the ability to automatically change following task statuses on dependency completions. IMO all of these issues should be considered by the Dev team together, not in isolation. I don't mean to suggest all of this needs to be solved in one rollout, but only that considering them together might allow for solving several of these in a combined manner, requiring less effort, and hopefully producing a smoother, less complicated final result. 🙂

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It looks like it's been two years since this thread started. It is not clear if this was worked out.

We are in the testing phase of migrating from smartsheet to a better project management platform.  One big, big thiing on Smartsheet, even though extremly clunky is that when a users changes the status of a task, it send email notifications to the next person in the chain that they are ready to start working on a task.

Our idea with wrike is that at the begining of a project, the PM is capable of assigning the task to the different people that will be eventually responsible of the task.  It appears that right now, the moment that a task is assigned (even though it's start time is not due yet), the person gets notified.  Like many users above express, that is just clutter in peoples work space. 

Has any work been done for notification only to show on peoples inbox when a task is ready to be acted on (start time + dependent task finished?)

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No solutions yet to this tremendous issue???? Really frustrating to read comments! 

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Hugh

Hi everyone, thank you for all of your feedback and input. Our Product team has given an update in this thread in regards to this in this thread, and while the team is interested in this, it is not currently on the short-term roadmap. Please rest assured that all of your feedback is passed on to our Product Team and that your conversations and input are used when discussing possible new features.

I'll let you know when I have an update for you!

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I seriously think it is a mistake not implementing that feature. So many people already asked for it. It is a must!

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I definitely agree with Pascal. This should be something that should be looked at for the near future. This is one of the biggest let downs for us as well as many others I'm sure. 

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Hugh

Hey everyone,

I understand that this is frustrating to not have this suggestion implemented at this time. While we would love to implement every suggestion that we get on the Community, there are several reasons why this is not the case. You can read more about what happens to requests on the Community here

Although this is not on the short-term roadmap, this does not mean that this suggestion will never be implemented. Our Product team is interested in this request, and they are continuing to take feedback. Once this thread reaches 60 upvotes, they will be able to provide us with a status update as well.

As soon as I have another update for you on this, I'll let you know. If you have any other questions or feedback, do not hesitate to reach out to me 😊

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Very frustrating that after more than two years this is not in the road-map. We also struggle a lot with the lack of this basic functionality.

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Hi Javier Delgado, thank you for sharing your feedback here. It's been passed on to the Product team. 

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This is something that I actually thought already existed. I have read the whole thread and there are some really great suggestions here.

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Hi everyone! As this suggestion got 60+ upvotes, I requested a status for it, and for now, it's a Backburner. This means that although there aren't any immediate plans to research and work on it, the team is still interested and will keep it on their radar. Thank you for your continued support and votes here 🙌

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