In this article you will learn:

1. What is a project link?

  • It’s a link that connects two projects to each other

  • By linking two projects, you will create a project hierarchy – main project and sub-project

  • You will define the project hierarchy during the project linking process

  • By repeating it, you can link multiple projects to create a structure

2. Who can link projects and how?

  • Anybody who has at least the read right to both projects can link them to each other


At the Linked projects section

  • Go to Home page of your project

  • Click “+” icon at the Linked projects section

  • Link projects dialog opens instantly

  • Select a sub-project from the dropdown list in the dialog

  • Select an integration point from the dropdown list

  • By clicking the Link projects button, the sub-project’s due date and the start date of the integration point will be linked

Tip: Integration point should be either a task or milestone belonging to the main project

From the three-dot menu

  • Go to your project

  • Click the three-dot menu at the right corner

  • Select Link projects to open the Link projects dialog

  • Select a sub-project from the dropdown list in the dialog

  • Select an integration point from the dropdown list

  • By clicking the Link projects button, the sub-project’s due date and the start date of the integration point will be linked

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3. Where is the overview of linked projects?

At project Home page

  • Go to project Home page

  • Find a list of linked projects and relevant information in the Linked projects section

Tip: Target date is the start date of the integration point. When the sub-project cannot meet the Target date, it will turn red. Predicted date shows the estimated completion date based on the project plan and current status.

At integration point

  • Click the name of the integration point and open its focus card

  • Find a list of linked projects and relevant information

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Tip: Due date is the planned project due date of the sub-project. Predicted date shows the estimated completion date. You can check the Predicted date and communicate with the sub-project owner.

At project Timeline page

  • Go to project Timeline page

  • If your project is a main project, find the sub-project timelines at the bottom

  • If your project is a sub-project, find the main project timeline at the top

  • If you have multiple links to main and sub-projects, you should find both combinations

  • Integration point is indicated by a milestone icon

  • Link between the sub-project and integration point is indicated by the dot-line

Main project timeline view:

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Tip: When a sub-project doesn’t meet the target date, the dot-line will turn red

Sub-project timeline view:

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Tip: When it’s not going to meet the target date, the integration point will turn red.

4. Who can remove the project link and how?

  • Anybody who has at least the read right to the opened project can remove the project link

At project Home page

  • Go to project Home page

  • Find the three-dot menu by hovering at the right end of each project line

  • Select Unlink project and remove the link

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At integration point

  • Click the name of the integration point and open its focus card

  • Find the three-dot menu at the right end of each project line

  • Select Unlink project and remove the link

5. What happens next

  • You can create good hierarchy and structure to manage your projects.

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