Project tasks showing up in My Work before predecessors are completed

When I create tasks in the project plan, I might:

1. Create Task 1, and assign to User 1

2. Create Task 2, set Task 1 as a predecessor, and also assign to User 1

After doing this, User 1 will see both tasks in their My Work, even if Task 1 isn't completed (or even started) yet. Is this intentional? Is there a different way I should set tasks up so that a user isn't overloaded with all the tasks they're assigned?

Tags projects predecessor-relationship mywork
Asked by Steve Corey on Thu 10/22/15 4:09 PM
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Mark Sayers Thu 10/22/15 5:23 PM

Hi Steve,

According to this KB article about the My Work / My Assignments list, non-parent tasks which are less than 100% complete and assigned to the user will show up in the My Work/ My Assignments section. The referenced article also contains a detailed breakdown of other items that will appear in the My Work section, so it would be worth checking out for future reference.

I hope this has answered your question about why a task will show in the My Work section. If you have any further questions about this, or need more clarification, please let me know.

Mark Sayers

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Steve Corey Tue 10/27/15 10:05 AM

I read the article you referenced, and it does make sense, however it doesn’t quite address what I’m asking. What I’m wondering is why a task (assigned to me) that cannot yet be completed, due to its predecessor not being completed, would show up in My Assignments? I think it’s a question about the philosophical issue, and not the technical one. I’d think the tool would hide things so I wouldn’t see a QA-related task for a software development project at the same time I see the task for “Develop the software” for the same project. I end up seeing a LOT of tasks at once, and I have to keep referring back to the project plan to see what task I need to work on next, so I don’t end up doing things out of order.

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