Hoping for some input from the Coda community here. I’ve been struggling with using Coda for more complex projects that involve multiple phases and / or layers of deliverables. Specifically, the challenge I’m running into from a project management perspective is trying to create Work Breakdown Structures in Coda which invariably requires having a hierarchy of deliverables or tasks, as seen below:
This hierarchy can sometimes run 4-5 levels deep. And it’s a variable number of levels depending on the deliverable (not standardized). The obvious challenge I am running into is how to capture this easily in Coda. Although a normalized database does a great job of capturing, relating and displaying tabular data, it’s not so great at creating and displaying hierarchical data.
I have attempted to create this hierarchy through the creative use of grouping, but it’s very cumbersome and doesn’t allow for the free-form creation and changes to the hierarchy. I’ve also read the existing posts on how to create parent-child tasks and relate them to one another but again it’s not……easy.
So I’m wondering if there’s something I’m missing here; or if there is some way of doing this in Coda. My goal is to be able to easily create Work Breakdown Structures that can feed a project plan or Gantt chart, similar to what Smartsheet or MS Project can do.
What would be amazing is if Coda could create some kind of “Hierarchy” column / field type that would allow nested entries such as deliverables, sub-deliverables or tasks, sub-tasks, sub-sub tasks, etc; each as a separate row in the table. No idea how you would do this in a column and still maintain normalization of the underlying database….but there’s your use case.
Any project manager with a mid-to-complex project is going to want to do this. If Coda could somehow allow this, I could seriously move the majority of all our companies apps over to their environment.
Just thought I would throw it out there for any thoughts or comments.