Dependencies & Sub-items

While Sub-items allow you to easily show the parent & child relationship between two items on your roadmap, Dependencies can help to provide full visibility of the relationships and restrictions between items and sub-items across multiple roadmaps. Any sub-item is able to have dependencies between itself and other non-parent items on the same roadmap, as well as on other existing roadmaps. Additionally, the sub-item will display a badge that shows the number of dependencies it has when viewing it in both the Items Table view and on the roadmap.

While this functionality is standard, there are several limitations or potential roadblocks that users should be aware of when working with Dependencies & Sub-Items: 

  • Dependencies can only be added to Sub-items and Standalone Items. Parent items are unfortunately unable to have dependencies associated with them at this time; however, parent item dates will automatically update & move to reflect changes made by Dependencies to any child item dates.
  • Dependencies on Sub-items will not display a dependency line on Timeline. As sub-items are not displayed on the Timeline view and a parent item can have up to 25 children, dependency lines for any sub-item dependencies are not displayed in the Timeline view or any exports of said view. 
  • Dependencies can only be added if a Sub-item has dates. As Dependencies between two items rely on the dates of both items to determine either the maintained distance between them or the risk of overlap, all sub-items that use dependencies require dates before being added to the item.

For more information on how to use Dependencies in your roadmap, click here.

Key Dates & Sub-items

Sub-items provide users with the ability to break down major initiatives into smaller, more manageable pieces and groups; however, Key Dates allow you to show another level of detail by defining key phases, dates or deliverables of both item and sub-items. In the Timeline view, key dates for the parent item are visible on roadmap while all other dates are 

While Key Dates are a standard feature for all users, there are some limitations and potential roadblocks which users should be aware of when working with Key Dates & Sub-Items: 

  • Key Dates can only be visualized if the item or sub-item using them has dates. Items that are using a bucket time instead of a standard time period are unable to use Key Dates. Any items or sub-items that are moved into bucketed time will have their Key Dates removed - this cannot be undone.
  • Key Dates are not visualized on child items.  As child items appear in the tooltip on the Timeline view, instead of on the actual roadmap itself, Key Dates will unfortunately not display properly on the roadmap for child items. Key Dates are also unavailable on the Swimlane view for both parent and child items.

For more information on how to use Key Dates in your roadmap, click here.

Milestones & Sub-items

While Milestones can be used on roadmaps that have Sub-items, they are unable to interact with this feature in the way that other existing items would. Given that Milestones are fixed indicators which spotlight your organization's goals or deadlines on a roadmap, they cannot have sub-items, dependencies, or key dates assigned to them and must be created solely a standalone indicator of major events or milestones. 

For more information on how to use Milestones in your roadmap, click here.

Related Tags

Sub-items, Dependencies, Key Dates, Milestones, Training Tools, Advanced Roadmapping

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