Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
When linked dependencies don’t do a thing
If you want to set up important project dates and
set up dependencies among them but you don’t
want those dates to cause any delay in your
project (as a linked task might do), try deliverables.
New to Project 12, deliverables are important
dates in your project that you can use to build
a proposal for your project before you even
begin to add tasks. You can publish deliverables
and report on them. They offer an alternative
way to audit changes among several projects.
Deliverables, which are essentially a Windows
SharePoint Server list accessed through Project
Web Access, provide a tool that you can use to
control the effect of dependencies on your
schedule. See Chapters 18 and 19 for more
about Project Web Access.
To deal with this balancing act, you can create a hyperlinked task that
represents the timing of the other project (or of a particular task in it). Enter a
start date and duration for the task in your project. You can then create
dependencies between that task and other tasks in your project to reflect the
external timing. Use the hyperlink to jump quickly to the other project
whenever you want to update your timing information. (See Chapter 4 for
information about hyperlinking tasks and entering the start date and duration.)
You can also insert an entire project and add a link to it so that updates to
the other file are reflected in your plan automatically.
Understanding that things change:
Just like the latest trend in fashion, dependencies in a project can suddenly
change. For example, sometimes they’re no longer needed because of a shift
in resources or overall project timing. When you need to get rid of a
dependency, you can undo what you did in either the Gantt Chart or the Task
Information dialog box.
With Gantt Chart view displayed, follow these steps:
1. Select the two tasks whose dependency you want to delete.
• For two adjacent tasks: Click and drag to select their ID numbers.
• For nonadjacent tasks: Click one task, press and hold the Ctrl key,
and then click a nonadjacent task.
2. Click the Unlink Tasks button on the Standard toolbar.