Task Dependency View : displays the tasks sorted by start date and a S.No starting from 1.
Task Dependency Help : Gives the help on task dependency. Read this before proceeding on exploring the task dependency feature
Predecessor Edit : Click on the Predecessor column against a particular task and enter the parent task S.No's and 'Enter' to save the dependency data.
Task Dependency Icon Legend : Task dependency icon legend explaining the significance of each icon.
Task Notes View : Click on notes icon against a particular task to view that task notes.
Task End Date Edit : Click on the end date, a date calendar will pop up, choose the date and 'Enter' to save the modified date
Task Resource Edit : Click on that "Resources" column against a particular task and add/delete resources/users for that task.
Task Dependency Tree View : Click on the dependency icon ( ) against a particular task to view the immediate parent and immediate child of that task.
Task Name Edit : Click on the Task column, change the value and 'Enter' to save the task name.
Task Dependency Mail Notification : When a dependency is set, mail notification will be sent to all the resources of the task.
This was helpful, but it really masks the apparent short-comings of this feature. FIrst, I am resorting to throwing all but 1 milestone (because the program seems to require that I keep one) and all my tasks are lumped into one task list because it appears that dependencies can only be set within task lists.
Also, the date requirement is becoming uber-annoying as I try to set up dependencies. Can I just set any dependent tasks to start a year from the parent task (but with the correct estimated duratiion) and expect the child task to begin at the close of the parent task? It would be way better to just require the duration be entered if using task dependencies. With a starting date in the first task, the subsequent dependent tasks could fill out the start and end dates simply by calculations: The end date of the longest parent task (the last completed one) would become the start date of the child task, and the duration would set the end date.
I second t.kawahara's comment. Sorry for my strong language, but the task dependency and scheduling in zohoP is completely upside down (i.e. screwed up). It doesn't seem to follow the most typical (and arguably the most logical) sequence of project scheduling to which most project managers have been conditioned to:
1. Set project start date
2. Create generic task list
3. set task durations (in days, hours, whatever)
4. set dates on tasks that (must finish on [date])
5. set task dependencies
6. do the final tweaking, resources, calendars, etc.
In zohoP this is close to impossible.
As to the milestones, NOTE, that milestone is just a task with zero duration. So why to use this term (with established meaning in the industry) and impute your own meaning into it?
At the very least, since this not exactly intuitive maybe then someone could explain why the program is asking me to set a date for a task in order to set the dependency, which in turn, makes the program complain that the start dates I entered are not good because it can do the math on the fly and I can't (I expect the program to help me with my scheduling, and if it can't help me then at the very least not to interfere)
First of all Tip 7 tells me to read the "task dependency help" - but I can't find it. (This happens to me a lot with the Zoho help, it tells you to go and click on something but doesn't tell you where that something is.)
I am on the point of giving up with Zoho because of all this. The BIGGEST PROBLEM is that Vijay and friends haven't told us WHY they've designed things the way they are. They must have some workflow theory in mind. Maybe if Vijay explained that workflow, then the penny would drop and we'd possibly even adopt the system.
Do you use your own system Vijay? If so, how?
I agree that it's hard to know where to find things, even after searching for about 10 minutes. From reading the above, I conclude that the dependency feature may not be worth using yet, anyway.
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