With Roadmunk and Dependencies, you can create multiple relationships between Items and roadmaps across your organization to allow for better collaboration and strengthened decision making.
This new feature gives teams a simple way to manage complex workflows and increases clarity on projects. Dependencies allow you to link Items by date and visualize them on your Roadmaps, providing full visibility of Item relationships and restrictions to your teams.
Types of Dependencies
Roadmunk supports the following two types of dependencies - when an Item is blocked by another (Blocking) and when two Items are moving in tandem with each other (Moves With).
Dependencies in Roadmunk are automatically enforced, meaning that dates of Items will be automatically adjusted to ensure that the dependency relationship and restrictions are always complied with. However, the duration of Items is never changed by Dependencies.
Allows you to create a relationship in which something must happen before or after a specific Item.
Allows you to create a relationship in which Items are running in parallel, as one Item moves, other dependant Items are moved by the same time period.
Creating a dependency
Dependencies can be created in the Item Card. In the example below, we will create a Dependency where B Is Blocking A by opening the Item Card through the Items Table. In order for Dependencies to be created, items must have calendar dates.
NOTE: At this time, you cannot create Dependencies with Jira-linked items or with Milestones.
- Navigate to the Items Table on your roadmap.
- Find an item that you wish to create a dependency to.
- Click on the item to open the Item Card.
- Besides the dependencies label, click Add.
- In the Item Search dropdown that appears, search for and select the item you want to make a dependency for.
- From the Dependency type dropdown, select the type of dependency relationship that you want to create. Blocking (Is Blocking or Blocked By) or Moves With.
- Click Update on the Item Card.
NOTE: While there is no limit on the total number of Dependencies created, there is a maximum limit of 25 on the total length of a Dependency chain (total number of Items that are linked to one another with Dependencies).
Creating Advanced Dependencies and Key Dates
By default, Dependencies are Basic, meaning that your Item Dependency relationships will be End - Start. However, you can choose to setup Advanced dependencies allowing you to select and customize any permutations of Start, End, and Key Dates.
Cross roadmap dependencies
Roadmunk supports Cross Roadmap Dependencies. You can choose to create a Dependency with an Item on another Roadmap by finding it using the Item Search dropdown. Click on the << icon to the left of the Roadmap name to view a list of all Roadmaps you have Edit access to. In the example above, we create a Moves With Dependency with Item D from the Marketing Roadmap.
Modifying an existing Dependency
To modify or update an existing Dependency:
- Open up the Item’s Item Card.
- In the Dependencies section, make any modifications necessary.
- Click Update on the Item Card.
NOTE: If you attempt to clear the date or convert from a date to a Bucket time (fuzzy time) on an Item with an existing Dependency, you will receive a prompt warning you that proceeding with the change will delete the Dependencies on that Item. Dependencies are only supported on Items with dates.
Deleting a dependency
To delete a dependency:
- Open up the Item’s Item Card
- Find the dependency that you wish to delete
- To the right of the dependency, find the (x) icon
- A confirmation tooltip will appear, click Delete
Undoing Dependency changes
Anytime you add, remove or modify a single Dependency to an Item, Roadmunk will let you undo that change for up to 30 seconds. A change impacting multiple Dependencies can be undone for up to 60 seconds. The same also applies if you move an Item on your Roadmap and then decide to change your mind about the move.
When you move an Item with a Dependency on your Roadmap, you get a detailed view of the Undo modal showing you exactly which Items were impacted by the move. Hovering over the date of each item will display a tooltip with the previous date for that Item.