Level up Your Project Planning with Linked Tasks

Level up Your Project Planning with Linked Tasks

We're launching a new linked tasks feature this month to help you step up your scheduling game and take your team's project planning to the next level in Float.

You can now create a dependency between tasks, quickly see your competing project priorities visualized on the Schedule, and automatically shift related tasks together whenever a project's timeline changes.

From the Schedule, right-click to enter Link mode and click the task you want to link from.

You can create a link to any task that belongs to the same project as long as it does not start before the initial task you've selected.

Tasks are linked in pairs, and any task that can't be selected is grayed out on the Schedule to make things easy.

Extending, reducing, or moving the first task will automatically shift the second task the same number of days forward or backward.

For example, if the storyboards (let's call them Task A) your design team is supposed to deliver get delayed a week because they're swamped with other projects, the subsequent animation work (Task B) will also move back.

Task B can be moved forward or backward independently of Task A, as long as its start date does not come before Task A. The same logic applies to any other tasks linked together in a chain (Tasks C, D, E, F, etc.).

Manage and Track Your Linked Tasks

The link line between tasks is automatically displayed in the Projects view of the Schedule to make it easy to see which tasks are dependent on one another and give you insight into who’s working on related tasks.

In the People view of the Schedule, link lines only display when you are in Link mode to avoid cluttering your view.

You can enter Link mode by right-clicking on the Schedule, or by using the keyboard shortcut "L". You can exit Link mode by clicking anywhere.

If a project's priorities change, you can quickly remove the link between two tasks by clicking the "X" in the link line on the Schedule.

You can also unlink tasks from the Task menu by clicking the "X" between tasks. The linked tasks that come directly before and after the task you are viewing are shown within the Task menu.

With linked tasks now added to your arsenal, you can plan projects smarter, schedule resources faster, and forecast future work more accurately than before.

Scheduling in Float has never been more efficient 🙌.

Linked Tasks Walkthrough

For more on linking tasks together, check out this video walkthrough.

Questions or feedback about the linked tasks feature? Reach out and let us know.

By Michael Freedman
Content Lead at Float. Movie buff 📽️ and proud plant dad 🌵.