About BigPicture

BigPicture installation and updates

Quick start with BigPicture

BigPicture Sizing Guide

Cloud vs. Server - Key Differences in BigPicture on These Platforms

BigPicture Export

Progress Tracking

Tutorials and tips


 BigPicture 7.10 and earlier

Concept of a Program

Setting up BigGantt and BigPicture to support next-gen projects

 BigPicture release notes

BigPicture Cloud Backlog


About BigGantt

BigGantt installation and updates

Cloud vs. Server - Key Differences in BigPicture on These Platforms

 BigGantt release notes

 Release notes
 Jira Cloud

 Jira Server


 BigPicture Enterprise
 Jira Cloud

 Jira Server

 Jira Cloud

 Jira Server

 Jira Cloud

 Jira Server

Knowledge Base

Tutorials and tips

Trust Center

BigPicture 8 is here!

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Dependencies specify the relationships between tasks or milestones.

Altogether, there are five dependency which you can visualize using the Gantt chart. To configure the dependencies go to Global configuration - Link configuration.

Creating dependencies

The dependencies can be created using drag & drop or by clicking the rings which appear when you hover over the task.

Editing dependencies

To edit or remove a dependency, click on the one you want to edit or delete.

When editing you can change the following attributes:

  • target link
  • link type
  • lag time
  • link mode.

Dependencies overview

The Infobar provides an overview of all existing dependencies as well as a search box to quickly find task with dependencies.

There are four standard types of dependencies which are called 'strong' link which have a scheduling impact. When in auto scheduling mode such links will adjust the linked task's dates:

  • End to Start
  • End to End
  • Start to End
  • Start to Start

Strong links are displayed as a regular line and you can use them to indicate when a task should begin or end in relation to other tasks.

Soft links are just and information about a dependency between to tasks and have no scheduling impact.

By default, soft links are not visible as this type of link is dedicated show dependencies using the Board module.

Such links are displayed using a dashed-line.

External links show dependencies between tasks in different Program Boxes.

External links are visible only between the linked tasks. This means that the linked task can have other links which will preventing the movement of the task.

Depending on the business rules links will be displayed differently:



Soft dependency

External links

On the Gantt Chart, dependencies appear as lines or, alternatively, you can switch to the collapsed view and show the number of outgoing and ingoing links:

Go back to the New Gantt - Interface overview.