Task Dependencies - FS, FF, SS, SF - IMPORTANT

Srikanth Shirodkar
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Lecture description

In the previous exercises, we have seen how to create tasks in Project. We have seen different types of tasks, task modes, different ways of creating tasks and different ways of organizing them. 

Almost ALWAYS, the tasks in a project are related to each other, and the relationships between them drive the schedule for the project. You will find very few tasks in isolation, if any at all. 

The relationships between the tasks are called "task dependencies" or "task links".

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English [Auto] In the previous exercises we have seen how to create tasks and project. We have seen different types of tasks tasks more different ways of creating tasks and different ways of organizing. Almost always the tasks in a project that related to each other and the relationships between them. You should do for the project you will find a very few tasks in isolation if any at all. The relationships between the tasks are quite ask dependencies are task clinks project offers four kinds of task dependencies they are finished to start as start to start this is finish to finish F F and finally start to finish s f we will pick up from where we left in the previous lesson and the next step in building the project should do this to create dependencies that reflect your actual project it ideos Let us first see. The simplest way in which to create a dependency. First select the tasks to be linked. The first two tasks get approval from a board of directors and initiate the project are syntactically to be linked. I will set them both on the faster and in the short section. Take this I can garden link. The icon looks like a chain link and does precisely that. It creates a dependency between the first two tasks. You can see that in the Gantt chart here an arrow Mark has appeared from the end of the first task to the start of the second post. Once you have created the link you can also see for the second task at the start and finish date have been automatically updated and they are in a light blue color which usually shows you what has changed. So in this case the project initiation that is basketball can only start when the approval is completed. That is Task 1 does. Now look at the other types of dependencies that project has to offer. To do that there is another view that project provides us to conveniently set a task that the first to select the task by default like a button and click on The View tab. Now you can see a check box here as the details in this split to music. When you turn this checkbox on the task of form split window opens up this window can be buggered off or on from this checkbox at anytime by going to the details button. Just know I should. If you get the resources and the predecessors here just right click and the selected this is upset successor's option. Before doing anything for us to confirm that the name here the resource plan for approval matches the task that you have selected. Just confirm in the name box that you are working on the correct task then in the successor name a column click here to open a drop down box with all the task names. Select ID 5 task 18 for the plan for approval that is here. So what you're saying now is that this task is the successor for this task. And once that is done click on the type column to select that type of dependency link. I will select this star the star dependent system and it's this is because these stored tasks which require getting approval from different departments can start to get the. Just to clarify you'll start to start dependencies are used when the second task in the relationship can begin until the first task in the relationship begins. Also start the start dependencies don't require that both tasks started the same time. They simply require that the first task has begun in order for the second task to also get there to see the next type of dependency. We will link the next two tasks to Dimanche to finish the finished dependency. If one of your tasks can to finish until another one also finishes you can use a finished unfinished dependency between the finished unfinished dependencies. Don't require that both tasks be completed simultaneously. They simply require that the first task be finished in order for the second task to also finish. Similarly the successor I am going to select electrical layout plan and select the pipe to finish to finish until the second task can actually finish any time after the fastest finishes. Now we have link that the stored tasks the last type of link that we have to see is the start to finish. As for dependency when you use this type of dependency you are saying that the second task in the relationship going to finish until the first task starts this somewhat reverses the time order of the two tasks. You should not be using this dependency with you often and you should carefully validate this type of link if you are ever required to use this type of we have linked the last two tasks within a dependency and you can see how this looks. No it does not take a moment to see all the links on the Gantt Chart. The f s the link the s s link the F F and finally the S F links. We will continue with this exercise in the next lesson where we will link the remaining tasks of this project. SEE YOU IN THE NEXT LIST.