Intro to Dependency Relationships

When part of your work depends on other tasks, you can use a Dependency Relationship.

Set tasks to block or wait on each other to create a Dependency.

What you'll need

Types of Dependency Relationship

There are three types of Dependency Relationships. Tasks are considered completed when put into a Done status.

  • Waiting on: A task with at least one other task that must be completed first. For example, task 2 is waiting on task 1.
  • Blocking: A task preventing another task from being completed. For example, task 1 is blocking task 2.
  • Linked Tasks: Tasks that are related but not blocking or waiting on other tasks.

The Linked Tasks option allows you to relate tasks without using the Relationships ClickApp or a Tasks Custom Field.

Create Dependency Relationships

You can create Dependency Relationships from tasks and views.

Adding Relationship columns

Relationship columns (formerly rollup fields) allow you to pull field data from your task in the Dependency Relationship.

Dependency notifications

You'll receive a notification when a task Dependency is added, unlinked, or when a task becomes unblocked.

If you have the Dependency Warning ClickApp enabled in ClickUp 2.0 or 3.0, ClickUp will display an incomplete warning if you attempt to close a task that is waiting on another task.

Screenshot of the dependency warning popup.

Reschedule Dependencies

You can change the start and due dates of tasks that are waiting on another task if the blocking task's due date is adjusted. To use this feature in ClickUp 2.0 or 3.0, an owner or admin must enable the Reschedule Dependencies ClickApp.

Reuse Dependencies

Applying a Space, Folder, or List template with task Dependencies will only include the Dependencies between tasks that live inside that template.

Duplicating a task with Dependencies will replicate the task and its Dependencies. A new waiting on or blocking Dependency will automatically be added to the related task.

When a task is set to recur, its Dependencies will not recur with it. Each Dependency must be re-added to the task.

 

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