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Blockers Explained

Blockers are an essential feature of Motion's Projects and Tasks workspace. They enable you to establish task dependencies and maintain a synchronized workflow. No task is an island when Blockers are in place. They ensure tasks progress in the right order and facilitate efficient collaboration throughout your project.

Steps to Create Blockers:

  1. 1.
    Start in the Projects and Tasks tab, your work's starting point.
  2. 2.
    Dive into a Workspace, where project activities converge.
  3. 3.
    Create a Project (click ‘Add Project’).
  4. 4.
    Detail your work by creating Tasks (click ‘Add Task).
  5. 5.
    Open the project modal.
  6. 6.
    Click ‘Go to Project’ at the top of the modal.
  7. 7.
    Streamline your workflow by creating ‘Blockers’. In the 'Blockers' column, click 'None' in each row to add blockers.

Tasks like Dominoes:

Do you ever feel like your tasks are waiting for that crucial first piece to fall? Our ‘Blockers’ feature is here to help. By creating dependencies between tasks within a project, Blockers ensure a smooth flow from one task to the next. But here's the best part - our Blockers integrate seamlessly with our auto-scheduling feature across multiple users' calendars.

Efficient Task Progression:

Example: Task 2 is dependent on Task 1. If Task 1 is delayed, our system automatically reschedules Task 2 on the respective team member's calendar. No more scheduling chaos or frantic messages. Blockers act as traffic controllers, guiding you and your team smoothly through the project journey.

Why use blockers

Using blockers ensures that the AI Scheduling Algorithm can schedule the tasks in order. It also ensures if a task in the sequence is missed, all tasks that come after will get auto-scheduled accordingly.

Blockers - Orchestrating Projects to Perfection:

Enterprise Business Example: Software Development Team

Consider a large-scale enterprise company. Within this company, a software development team is working on a new feature for the company's main product. This feature's development process is composed of several tasks that are dependent on each other. The process begins with coding (Task 1), which is followed by testing (Task 2), and finally, the documentation (Task 3).
If Task 1 (coding) is delayed, it would not make sense for the testing or documentation to begin as planned. This is where Blockers come in. By setting Task 1 as a Blocker for Task 2 and Task 3, the team ensures that the testing and documentation will only begin once the coding is complete.
But let's say the coding task takes longer than anticipated. With the Blocker feature, as soon as there is a delay with Task 1, the system automatically reschedules Task 2 and Task 3 in the respective team members' calendars. This prevents any confusion or miscommunication within the team, ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow.
In this way, the Blockers feature helps orchestrate the team's project to perfection, allowing for seamless collaboration and workflow efficiency on a large scale.