New Feature: Dependencies Now Available In Ganttic!

Categories: Ganttic Updates
Over the years, we have had numerous request for dependencies from our users. This feature has been in the pipeline for a while and we’re very happy to announce its launch.

Dependencies are crucial to project management that allows a series of connected task to link to each other. Although Ganttic isn’t a project management tool, but rather a resource planning software, we decided to bring dependencies to our platform. We are introducing a basic and simple version of dependencies to enhance resource planning without transforming into project management.

What are dependencies?
“Dependencies are the relationships among tasks which determine the order in which activities need to be performed.” - Project Insight. Dependencies are made up of predecessors and successors. The predecessors come before successors and can have a long train of connections leading up to finishing the project. If you were creating a book, the predecessor would most probably be to write the book and the successor would most likely be to print the book.

How to use dependencies in Ganttic?
In Ganttic, the dependencies feature is a simple to understand, easy to use and straightforward to implement. Below are the steps to creating the dependencies:

  1. To active dependencies, click on 'General Settings' on the planner's top right corner. 
  2. In the 'Extensions' column, turn Dependencies by toggling the on/off switch. Click 'Apply' to save your settings.
  3. Go back to your planner tab and click on a task. 
  4. In the task dialog, click on the Dependencies dropdown. You will see that the available tasks for dependencies connections will have a checkbox either on the start or the end of the taskbar.
  5. Check the checkbox of your desired task and the dependencies link will be connected. You will see details stating both your predecessors and successors. Simply click on them to make any changes. 
  6. Once you're done, click 'Save' to apply the changes.

What to expect?
As a resource planning software, less focus is given to traditional project management methods. Currently, predecessors must finish before successors can start. A lag time is included at the end of every predecessor (the default is 0), so successors can only come after predecessors’ end time and lag time. Other types of dependencies are likely to be developed as well in the future. As the feature is still new and being tested, further improvements will roll around and we strive to make this feature as flawless as can be.

In the meantime, do give it a try and let us know your thoughts! If you don’t have an account yet, sign up here to access the feature and enjoy a 14-day free trial with unlimited everything.

Author: Patricia Goh