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, task molds, 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 a very few tasks in isolation, if any at all, the relationships between the tasks are called task dependencies are task links. Project offers four kinds of past dependencies. They are finished to start first start to start. This is finished 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 schedule is to create dependencies that reflect your actual project scenarios. 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 board and directors and initiate a project are syntactically to be linked. I will set them both on the task tab and in the schedule section. Click this icon called Link. The icon looks like a chain link, and that's precisely that it creates a dependency between the first two tasks. You can see that in the Gantt chart here and arrow markers appeared from the end of the first task to the start of the second task. Once you have created the link, you can also see for the second task at the start and finish dates have been automatically updated and they are in a light blue color, which really shows you what has changed. So in this case, the project initiation that is tasked to can only start when the approval is completed, that is tasked one. Let us 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. First, to select a task before like I have done and click on The View to now you can see a checkbox here called the details in the split view section. When you turn this checkbox on the task of farm split window opens up, this window can be called off or on from this checkbox at any time by going to the details. Button has just now. I should if you get the resources and the predecessors here, just the right click and the celebrities as Herbsaint successor's option. Before doing anything was to confirm that the name here, resource plan for approval matches the task that you have selected. First, confirming the name box that you are working on, the correct, ask them in the successor name column, click here to open a dropdown box with all the task names. Select Idy five, Task 18 for our plan for approval. That is here. So what you're saying now is that this task is a successor for this task. And once that is done, we click on the Pipe column to select the type of dependency link, I will select the start to start dependency versus dependency. This is because these two tasks which require getting approval from two different departments, can start together. Just to clarify for you, start to start, dependencies are used when the second task in the relationship can't begin until the first task in the relationship begins. Also. Start to start dependencies don't require that both tasks start at the same time, they simply require that the first task has begun in order for the second task to also begin. Let us see the mix tape of dependency, we will link the next two tasks to demonstrate a finish to finish dependency. If one of your tasks can't finish until another one also finishes, you can use a finish to finish Dependent's in between the finish to finish dependencies that 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, in the successor, I am going to select electrical layout plan and select the type to finish to finish until. The second task can actually finish anytime after the first US finishes. Now we have link that these two tasks, the last type of link that we have to see is the start to finish its dependency. When you use this type of dependency, you are saying that the second task in the relationship can't finish until the first task starts. This somewhat reverses the time murder of the two tasks, you should not be using this dependency very often and you should carefully validate this type of link if you are ever required to use this type of a link. We have linked the last two tasks with an excessive dependency. And you can see how this looks. No. That does not take a moment to see all the links on the Gantt chart, the FSA link, the SS link, the 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.