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Is there a way to create a dependency on a task?

Is there a way to create a dependency on an item (due date, x must be completed first, etc.).

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Hey Doug, thanks for the input about this. We're discussing workflows and how these could work in a very simple way in Podio. We wouldn't like to complicate things (since workflows could easily be very complicated), but I see your point. 

Gustav Jonsson 0 votes
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I think this feature is critical, otherwise it gets wrapped up in a txt field.  I would label this function as not simply a nicety...it's going to be more and more critical.

Podio does well to put things in one place, but the workflows definitely need some development as far as I can see...sometimes it could give us the impression that we've covered our bases, but without date triggers and dependencies this could be somewhat of an illusion.    The goal is not having to remember anything, right? :)

I hope this helps. :)

Doug Perry 0 votes
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Hi fellas. I agree with Doug.  And Gustav, yes, there must be a way to do this without it being too overly complicated.  Trigger work well, where a task's start date and due date is a duration, and triggered to begin after the completion of a previous, parent task.  There is a product for programmers out there that helps create functionality like this.  I don't recall at the moment whether it was a Jira or Ajax product....  I could find it if that helps.  

Summer Coley-Ward 0 votes
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I am not quite sure how a project management/collaboration software doesn't have dependencies. This is a core function of all of Podio's competitors. I cannot complete task B before I do task A.... even if I am late doing task A. When do you plan on adding this functionality?

Kevin Prow 0 votes
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I totally agree with Kevin, dependencies are mission critical for any management software! You guys are doing a great job at implementing new features constantly and it would be very nice to see a dependecy feature soon!

Franz Jordan 0 votes
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This should be a really high priority. We are trying to move our marketing workflows to Podio, and just about everything has a dependency. Generating copy must happen before ad production, ad production must happen before web page creation, etc.

 

diane 0 votes
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Kevin is absolutely right, my organization is seeing this as a major weakness in Podio. Without task dependencies tasks are really not useful to us because our tasks are always triggered by something else having been completed.

Can you give us a sense that Podio is working on this?

Shaun Hunte 0 votes
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We're discussing a lot of these, personally I think that (as I wrote in my earlier comment) this being simple is very important. 

We wouldn't want to overcomplicate workflows, in my worst nightmares this could be very confusing for the people who use Podio. I hope you agree with me on keeping things simple, but sometimes (most of the time) it's the simple things that require a lot of work :) 

Thanks for being patient, we really get your need for this (and we see it ourselves as well). 

/Gustav - Podio

Gustav Jonsson 0 votes
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Hi Gustav,

I am glad to see you are involved with the Podio community. Hopefully you are able to develop this ability sometime in the near future. I will remain subscribed to this thread for that eventuality, but unfortunately, this lack of functionality did force our company to sign up with a competitor for the time being. I look forward to taking another look at Podio once this development is complete.

 

-Kevin

Kevin Prow 0 votes
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Gustav...Thank you for your involvement. Keeping things simple is a must but as Ruben has laid out in a very logical way in his demonstration, it can be done. 

I think the fact that it's so important to so many companies should be an overriding consideration to everything else. If your developers take features that are critical to Podio users and make them with the guiding principle of Podio's simplicity than surely they will come out with a great solution...that is simple to use.

This "ask" makes it easier for us to do business, and it should most certainly be included due to the commonality of it. It makes it easier for all of us to do business, and I think that is the ultimate end game you are trying to achieve. 

Shaun Hunte 0 votes
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I, too, would like to see a dependency feature. Also, please add a Serialization field for items! Both are important to us. Thanks :-)

Chipp Walters 0 votes
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I love Podio. However wish it had a few more features like a process management system. Workflow is super important to me. I had to go with something a little more complicated than Podio because dependencies are necessary for workflow. I'm currently using processmaker and recommend that Podio check out some of the key features of a process management system like that to consider for Podio.

Ruben Romero 0 votes
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This software's lack of visibility to task dependencies and resource allocation across multiple projects is frustrating.  Thought it would be better with the premium version but it still is not up to the level where this is a functional tool for organizations who have people working multiple projects at the same time.

Jennifer Conrad 0 votes
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This software's lack of visibility to task dependencies and resource allocation across multiple projects is frustrating.  Thought it would be better with the premium version but it still is not up to the level where this is a functional tool for organizations who have people working multiple projects at the same time.

Jennifer Conrad 0 votes
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I'm so impressed with so many of your features but until task dependencies and resource allocation across multiple projects is a feature I can't move our organisation of our current project management and bug tracking tool. Any idea of whether these are features that are in the pipeline?

Amy Gray 0 votes
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I'm so impressed with so many of your features but until task dependencies and resource allocation across multiple projects is a feature I can't move our organisation of our current project management and bug tracking tool. Any idea of whether these are features that are in the pipeline?

Amy Gray 0 votes
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Amy- I asked the same question and have the same need. We did go w/ Podio tho as the team loved the interface. Here's a work around that we're trying- I'm not thrilled w/ it but better than nothing-deliverables are modifiable- add a hrs field. Use deliverables as tasks then u can customize a report to pull showing the hrs. All dependencies tho are manual, but at least this gives some view to resource allocation.

Jennifer Conrad 0 votes
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I have found many instances, where a dependency is very necessary. I would just create a dependency option, similar to how you "relate/link" a field or app to a task etc. Basically, like in the projects app, you can associate a milestone or deliverable. You can create a field like the "required" function, but will simply read "Require Completion Before Others" . You could also "GREY" out other tasks that can't be completed yet until the preceding tasks are completed. That should be very simply understand on the UI side. Drag and Drop functionality on this would be a plus too incase anything needed to be re-arrranged. Additionally, you could create a new list view function, for viewing the entire set of tasks in a new view that I havent' yet seen in PODIO .

Kyle Newton 0 votes
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Here's a very simple stab at the dependency problem: allow @mentions in all text fields.

Right now, you can @mention a Contact in your status update. But what if you could @mention an app item in another app item's Notes? Or event in its name: "Check with @Joe on how @Project is going".

This isn't full dependency, but it's a very clean and simple solution to arbitrary linking of Podio items, something Insightly does EXTREMELY well.

Dan Dascalescu 0 votes
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Hi Podio team.

I was fascinate with preview and first steps. But now great disapponted.

You focus on view data. But not on connect data.

For example - i do realation field to other app. But I CAN NOT choose what field I need to choose.

If you think perfect product it is impossible with no dependencies.

How any even small business do structure of documents, inventory etc?

It is simple link to parent and child whih are great step forward.

Now your answers look like "get lost it is not simple".

Sorry, but I see different branches of forum.

Алексей Рыжков 0 votes
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Hi Aleksei,

Podio does support arbitrary relationships between items. If you create an item by clicking the "+" icon in the upper right corner, the new item will be related to the current one.

Why Podio doesn't make this feature available on a more general basis, such as to connect two existing items, I don't understand.

Dan Dascalescu 0 votes
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Was looking at possibly using Podio for our organization, but there's no way I can have my project management software not use dependencies for tasks.  On to the next one.

Paul Stulac 0 votes
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Hi All,

 

We're currently on Basecamp and looking to move to a new platform that offers true visibility of project timelines and resource allocation. I've obviously come across Podio and have mixed emotions...

In one breath you offer such a beautiful interface and cover areas of "organisational" management none of your comps are offering yet it feels like some core elements of project management (inconveniently what we are looking for as mentioned above) are not accounted for.

Am I missing something? Has there been a radical change in project management that I'm not aware of? I guess my real question is, if I were to move our company to Podio tomorrow, how would I have visibility on our project timelines and my resource allocation?

Can you please tell me if I've overlooked something in the platform as I really want to signup but just cannot right now?!?!

Thanks,

G.

Giusep Cosentino 0 votes