Dependency is the relationship between two work items. The following types of dependencies are supported.

  • Common: The work items are related, but not in any of the following types.

  • Duplicates: The work items are duplicates. They could be the same or very similar.

  • Blocking / Blocked by: One work item is blocking the progress another. For example, if A needs to be completed before B can proceed, then A is blocking B, B is blocked by A.

  • Parent / Child: The work items are in a hierarchical relationship. The smaller work item(child) is part of the bigger work item(parent).

  • Causes / Caused By: One work item is the reason of another item. For example, A is the reason why B happened, then A causes B, B is caused by A. This dependency type is valuable for tracking down reasons behind certain situations in a project.

To add dependencies to a work item, or associate two separate work items:

  1. Find the Linked work field on a work item’s detail pane, and click it.

  2. Choose the dependency type.

  3. Use the search bar or filter to find the work items that you want to link.

  4. Select one, or multiple work items to link to the current work item.

It can also be used to automate process management across projects by linking works that are related to each other through automation.

This can also be used to automate across multiple projects as automation can be set up to trigger on linked work and create/update linked work.

Learn how to automate across projects here.

Create Linked Work

You can create linked work directly on the work details pane.

To create linked work directly:

  1. Find the Linked work field on a work item’s detail pane and Click the "+" button.

  2. Choose the dependency type.

  3. Enter a title for the new work item and press Enter.

  4. If you want to create multiple work items in bulk, write multiple titles and use Enter to separate them.

  5. Select which project your new work item belongs to, as well as the work type, sprint, status, and assignee.

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