Add an external dependency on planning console

Add an external dependency between two projects on the planning console. The WBS section of the planning console allows you to create a dependency between the tasks of different projects.

Before you begin

Role required: it_project_manager

Procedure

  1. Right-click a task in the WBS section of the planning console.
  2. Click Add External Dependency.
  3. Fill in the fields.
    Table 1. Add Dependency form fields
    Field Description
    Project The predecessor project from where the dependency is added.
    Task The task in the predecessor project from which the dependency is added.
    Dependency Type The type of external dependency: Hard and Soft.
  4. Click OK.

Result

  • A shadow task corresponding to the predecessor task appears in the WBS section of the planning console of successor project. A similar shadow task corresponding to the successor task appears in the WBS section of the planning console of predecessor project.

    A shadow task is shown as a grayed out task in WBS section.

  • A shadow task corresponding to the predecessor task appears in the Project Tasks related list on the successor project form. A similar shadow task for the successor task appears in the Project Tasks related list on predecessor project form.
  • The Dependency column in WBS section of the planning console of successor project shows the value of external dependency between projects and tasks. The external dependency value has the following format:

    {project_number}\{WBS_number}{dependency_type}+{lag_time}

    Where
    • project_number is the number of the predecessor project.
    • WBS_number is the number of the predecessor task in the relationship.
    • dependency_type is finish to start dependency type that the application supports.
    • lag_time is the amount of time, in days, to delay the start of the dependent task. This value can be positive or negative integers.
Note: The external dependencies are displayed only when the Hide External Dependencies switch on planning console is turned off. However, the Dependency column in WBS section of the successor project still shows the value of external dependency.

Example

In the example below, an external dependency is created between two projects P1 and P2. P1T1 is a shadow task of predecessor project P1, and PRJ0010127\1fs+0 is the external dependency value in Dependency column of the planning console of successor project P2.

Example screenshot of external dependency

What to do next

Check for any external dependency related notifications that may impact the project or its tasks.