Date dependency calculations

When you enter or change the date for a task, the system calculates other dates that are based on your entry. It uses an internal algorithm to bidirectionally calculate the dates of dependencies, starting with the cell where you entered the date.

When you initiate date dependency calculations for a workflow, note the following issues:

  • In addition to factoring in non-work days and hours, date dependency calculations use two additional system-wide properties: start time of day and number of hours per day. Your system administrator configures these settings.
  • If a task row is anchored, the date dependency calculation does not update its dates (even if the date columns are empty).
  • Date dependency calculations do not affect active and finished tasks; only tasks with a status of Pending.
  • Date dependency calculations observe the per-task options for non-work time. The calculation algorithm takes into account whether a task is scheduled to progress during non-work time, weekends, or both.
  • Do not log forecasttarget times outside of business hours if you intend to do date dependency or other automatic calculations afterward. That information is overwritten by the automated process.