We have just released a huge enhancement to GamePlan: the ability to link tasks from different projects.

This makes it easier to manage large projects because you can now model each phase of a project on its own Whiteboard, and link phase 1 to phase 2 to phase 3, etc.  Alternatively, if you have different projects with dependencies between them, you can now create links between your different projects.

How does it work?

When a task, meeting, milestone or group is selected and you right-click the mouse, if there are multiple project tabs within your plan, then the context menu shows two additional items:

  • Link from another project
  • Link to another project

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If you choose ‘Link to another project’, a dialog is displayed where you select the project and the task to link to.  An arrow to a smaller icon is created on the Whiteboard to show that there is a link to a task in another project.  You can select the arrow to enter link properties such as % Complete and Delay.  The smaller icon is automatically positioned to the right of the icon it is linked from.

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On the context menu, you can also choose ‘Link from another project’.  In this case, a smaller icon is created to the left of the selected task to show that there is a link from a task in another project.  If the link forms part of the critical path, it is shown with a red arrow.

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You can create multiple links to or from another project.  When multiple links exist to or from the same task, the smaller icons are vertically stacked.

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