You can see the dependency of a card on other cards as well as the dependency of other cards on a particular card in the Dependency section of the card. This way, you don’t have to navigate to the Program Board each time to see the dependency of that card with other cards. Here, you can see the dependencies for this card which has already been defined from the Program Board.

You can create new dependencies here (in the Dependency section), and it will be reflected in the Dependency Board. You can also remove the existing dependencies of the card in the Dependency section.

Unlike the Program Board, which shows the dependency among all the cards on the Board, here you can see the dependency of the opened card with other cards. The card whose dependency is being shown is highlighted with a blue color border.

This layout facilitates you to see the dependency between cards in a graphical view as well as a list view. Moreover, you can use the Zoom feature to view different card size views, which persists across sessions.

The first zoom level shows only the card color set as per the card type, on hovering over which, you will see the card ID and card title. The Second level zoom level displays card ID, card title, avatar, and top-level icons. The third zoom level displays card ID, card title, avatar, and top-level icons, the current board, current lane, and current column.

NOTE: Users can view and link existing cards from any Boards under the same SAFe instance.

Dependency in graphical view

In the graphical view, the dependency between cards is shown in a grid where the top row shows the types of the cards under which each card is placed according to their card type. Similarly, in the side column on the left, the name of card owners is shown. If a card has multiple card owners, then the first owner (whose initials or profile pic is shown on the card) is shown here.

The card whose dependency is open is highlighted in blue color. The dependency between cards is represented by the dependency link where the dependent card is called the Successor and the card on which the successor card is dependent is called the Predecessor. The arrow of the dependency link derives from Predecessor towards Successor. For example, in the given screen, ISS1 and UST1 are dependent on TASK124, so TASK124 is predecessor and ISS1 and UST1 are successors and the arrow of dependency link derives from TASK124 to ISS1 and UST1.

Color of the Dependency Links and Dependency Icon

The color of the dependency icon and link is decided according to the given conditions –

  1. If there are no dependency links (relations) on a card, then the dependency icon color will be grey.
  2. If there is a dependency on a card and any of the four fields (Done date, Due date, Sprint date, and Release date) are available, then it will decide the color by comparing the dates of the following fields in the given order –
      • If the Done date is available, then the Done date of Predecessor and Successor is compared. it will compare the done dates of the card
      • If the Done date is not available, then it will look for and compare the Due date of Predecessor and Successor.
      • If the Due date is also not available, then it will look for and compare Sprint date of Predecessor and Successor.
      • If the Sprint date is also not available, then it will look for and compare the Release date of Predecessor and Successor.

    Similarly, if one card’s done date is available and the other card’s done date is not available then it will compare the first card’s done date with the second card’s due date. Likewise, if the second card’s due date is also not available then it will compare the first card’s done date with the second card’s sprint date and so on. The same is applicable for the availability of the fields on the first card.

    Now, if the value of a predecessor field is before the value of the successor field then it is an ideal scenario and hence the color of the dependency icon and dependency links between the cards is green. If the value of a predecessor field is after the value of the successor’s field then the color of the Dependency icon and links will be red.

  3. If there are dependency links (relation) on a card, and value of any of the fields (Done date, Due date, Sprint date, and Release date) is not available then the dependency icon will be green but the dependency link color will be grey.

 Dependency in List View

One can see the same dependency among the cards in the List format also. To view the cards in that format, click the List View icon. The List view screen has two tabs, each lists the predecessors and successors of the card in this format – <CARD ID> PREDECESSORS and <CARD ID> SUCCESSORS

As the name shows, <CARD ID> PREDECESSORS list all the predecessors of the card. Similarly, <CARD ID> SUCESSORS lists all the successors of the card.

Clicking on any card in either screen (graphical view or list view) opens the card in a new window.

Adding a Predecessor to a card

No matter whether you are in a graphical view or list view, you can add a new predecessor to a card using the <image of three dots> icon under the Action column icon. You can add a new card as a predecessor to a card or search and add an existing card.

Adding a new card as a Predecessor to a card

To add a new predecessor to a card, perform the following steps –

  1. Click the Option icon on the card to which you want to add a predecessor.
  2. Click Add Predecessor.
  3. Select Board, Card Type, and Current Lane/Column.
  4. Enter card title and description.
  5. Click Save.

Adding an existing card as a predecessor to a card

To add an existing card as a predecessor to a card, perform the following steps –

  1. Click the Option icon on the card to which you want to add a predecessor.
  2. Click Search and Link Predecessor.
  3. Select Board and Card Type.
  4. Select the card from the list of cards shown below. You can also filter cards by clicking the Filter icon on the right side
  5. Click Save.

Adding a Successor to a card

Just like a predecessor, you can add a successor to a card by clicking the Option menu.

Add a new card as a successor to a card

To add a new successor to a card, perform the following steps –

  1. Click the Option icon on the card to which you want to add a successor.
  2. Click Add Successor.
  3. Select Board, Card Type, and Current Lane/Column.
  4. Enter card title and description.
  5. Click Save.

Adding an existing card as a predecessor to a card

To add an existing card as a successor to a card, perform the following steps –

  1. Click the Option icon on the card to which you want to add a predecessor.
  2. Click Search and Link Successor.
  3. Select Board and Card Type.
  4. Select the card from the list of cards shown below. You can also filter out cards by clicking the Filter icon on the right side.
  5. Click Save.

Removing the dependent

You can remove a dependency link between two cards by removing the dependent card from the card.

To remove a dependent, perform the following steps –

  1. Click the Option icon on the dependent card.
    Note: You cannot remove a link from the highlighted card.
  1. Click Remove Link.
    The dependent card will be removed from the highlighted card.

See the Dependency Links of other than the Highlighted Cards

You can also see the dependency links of other cards that are present on the Dependency screen by setting them as a highlighted card. This will open the dependency screen of the selected card and take you to their screen.

To see the dependency links of other cards-

  1. Click the Option icon of the card of which you want to see the dependency links.
  2. Click Set Context to this Card.

The card will be set as the highlighted card and its dependency links will be shown on the screen.

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