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Creating task dependencies with links
With < New Summary Task > selected, type Planning Phase and press Enter.
Now the plan is organized into two phases of work.
Creating task dependencies with links
When you link tasks, you create scheduling relationships between the tasks. These task
relationships are called dependencies , as in “the start of this task is dependent upon the
completion of a prior task.” Once you create task dependencies (also called links ), Project
can automatically adjust the scheduling of linked tasks as changes occur in your plan.
Creating dependencies by linking tasks is crucial to getting the full benefit of Project’s
scheduling engine.
Let’s look at one type of dependency relationship you can create between two tasks. Most
plans require tasks to be performed in a specific order. For example, the task of writing
a chapter of a topic must be completed before the task of editing the chapter can occur.
These two tasks have a finish-to-start relationship, which has two aspects:
The second task must occur after the first task; this is a sequence.
The second task can occur only if the first task is completed; this is a dependency.
In Project, the first task (“Write the chapter”) is called the predecessor because it precedes
tasks that depend on it. The second task (“Edit the chapter”) is called the successor because
it succeeds, or follows, tasks on which it is dependent. Any task can be a predecessor
for one or more successor tasks. Likewise, any task can be a successor to one or more
predecessor tasks.
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