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Figure 6-1:
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You don’t have to use dependencies to prevent resources from working on
two tasks simultaneously. When you set the availability for resources and
assign them to two tasks happening at the same time, you can use tools such
as resource leveling (discussed in Chapter 10) rather than establish a
dependency that forces one task to happen after another. This feature delays tasks
whose scheduling causes a resource overallocation. See Chapter 10 for more
about how resource assignments affect task timing.
Dependency types
You can establish four types of dependency links: finish-to-start, start-to-
finish, start-to-start, and finish-to-finish. Using these types efficiently can
mean the difference between a project that finishes on time and one that is
still limping along long after you retire.
In Chapter 4, I cover task constraints and priorities. These settings work in
concert with dependencies to determine the ultimate timing of tasks in your
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