Add task dependencies in ClickUp

Learn what task dependencies are and how to add them in the ClickUp project management platform.

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ClickUp is a service that allows you to plan, track and manage almost any type of work. With this platform, you have all the tools you need to manage projects of any size and scope.

With ClickUp, you can work with a hierarchy that looks like this: Teams | Space | Projects | Lists | Tasks | Partial tasks. Within this hierarchy, ClickUp has tons of tools and features to help you do just about anything.

There is a special feature that you should definitely use: task dependencies. Task dependencies allow users to create a task and then assign dependencies. After the dependencies are assigned, the main task cannot be completed until the dependencies are completed.

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Let’s say you have task X that cannot be completed until tasks Y and Z are completed. To this, you add tasks Y and Z as dependencies of X. Once Y and Z are done, you can finish X. This is similar to a software dependency, where software X cannot be installed until software Y and Z are installed first. .

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When you create a task dependency with ClickUp, you can choose from three different types:

  • Waiting: Tasks that must be completed before the task.
  • Blocking: Tasks that cannot start until this task is completed.
  • Tasks: Tasks that are related but not actually dependent on each other.

What you’ll need to add a task dependency in ClickUp

For this to work, you will need the valid ClickUp account and a project to work on. You also want to create some tasks within the project.

Add task dependency to ClickUp

Log in to your ClickUp account and find the project you want to work on. The Task button appears in the lower right corner (Figure A).

Figure A

The New Task button in a ClickUp project.

Click this to display the New Task popup window (Figure B).

Figure B

The New Task popup contains the keys to the dependency realm.

In the lower left corner of the window, you will see five circle icons in a row. The icon just to the left of the “eye” is for Task Dependencies. Click this icon to display another popup where you can select the type of dependency you want (Figure C).

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Figure C

Select the type of task dependency you need.

Let’s say you want to create a Wait task. To do this, click the Add Waiting On Task button, then in the window that appears (Figure D), select the tasks to add as dependencies.

Figure D

Adding dependencies to our new task.

After adding the necessary dependencies, click Done. You should then see tasks listed as “Waiting On” in the task creation window (Figure E).

Figure E

Added our task dependencies.

Complete the task configuration and click Create Task in the lower right corner. A new task has been added that contains task dependencies that directly affect task execution.

This feature can be very useful, especially when dealing with more complex projects with many moving parts. Start using Task Dependencies now and take your project management to the next level.

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