How to add task dependencies in ClickUp

Learn what a task dependency is and how to add it in the ClickUp project management platform.

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

At ClickUp, you work with a hierarchy that looks like this: Teams | space | Projects | Lists | Tasks | subtasks. Within this hierarchy, ClickUp has plenty of tools and features to help you do almost anything.

There’s one feature in particular that you should definitely use: task dependencies. Task dependencies allow users to create a task and then assign dependencies to it. Once these dependencies are assigned, the main task cannot be completed until the dependencies are completed.

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Suppose you have task X that cannot be completed until tasks Y and Z are completed. To do this, you would add tasks Y and Z as dependencies of X. Once Y and Z are complete, you can complete X. It is similar to a software dependency, where software X cannot be installed until software Y and Z are installed first.

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

  • Waiting for: Tasks that need to be completed before this task.
  • Block: Tasks that cannot be started until this task is completed.
  • Tasks: Tasks that relate to each other but are not actually dependent on each other.

What you need to add a task dependency in ClickUp

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

How to add a task dependency in ClickUp

Sign in to your ClickUp account and navigate to the project you want to work on. In the lower right corner you will see the task button (Figure A).

Figure A

The New Task button in a ClickUp project.

Click on it to display the New Task pop-up window (Figure B).

Figure B

The New Quest popup contains the keys to the Kingdom of Dependencies.

At the bottom left of the window you will see five circle icons in a row. The icon immediately to the left of the “eye” represents task dependencies. Click this icon to see another popup where you can select the dependency type you want (Figure C).

Figure C

Select the type of task dependency you need.

Suppose you want to create a Waiting On task. To do this, click on “Add awaiting task” and then in the window that appears (Figure D), select the tasks that will be added as dependencies.

Figure D

Adding dependencies to our new task.

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

Figure E

Added our task dependencies.

Complete the configuration of this task, then click Create task in the bottom right. Your new task has been added, which contains task dependencies that directly affect how this task should be completed.

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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