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Creating task dependencies with links
Although this might sound complicated, two tasks can have one of only four types of task
relationships.
This task
relationship
Means
Looks like this in
the Gantt chart
Example
Finish-to-start (FS) The finish date of
the predecessor task
determines the start
date of the successor
task. This is the default
task relationship.
A topic chapter must be
written before it can be
edited.
Start-to-start (SS)
The start date of the
predecessor task
determines the start
date of the successor
task.
Ordering prepress and
ordering paper are closely
related, and they should
start simultaneously.
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Finish-to-finish (FF) The finish date of
the predecessor task
determines the finish
date of the successor
task.
Tasks that require specific
equipment must end when
the equipment rental
period ends.
Start-to-finish (SF) The start date of the
predecessor task
determines the finish
date of the successor
task.
The time when the print
run is scheduled to start
determines when a binder
selection task must end.
TIP You can adjust the schedule relationship between predecessor and successor tasks
with lead and lag times. For example, you can set a two-day lag between the end of a
predecessor task and the start of its successor task. For more information, see Chapter 9,
“Advanced task scheduling.”
Representing task relationships and handling changes to scheduled start and finish dates
are two areas where the use of a scheduling engine such as Project really pays off. For
example, you can change task durations or add or remove tasks from a chain of linked
tasks, and Project will reschedule tasks accordingly.
Task relationships appear in several ways in Project, including the following:
In Gantt chart and Network Diagram views, task relationships appear as the lines
connecting tasks.
 
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