Adjusting dependencies

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By changing task dependencies, you can tighten up the schedule and eliminate scheduling conflicts. If you inadvertently link tasks that don't need to be linked, you may create a situation in which you don't have the resources to complete the tasks, and as a result, the project schedule falls behind. If you discover unnecessary links, you can remove them. When you remove the dependencies, you may find holes in the project schedule where work can be performed but isn't. After you remove unnecessary dependencies, you may be able to move tasks around and fill those holes.


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Reviewing dependencies is easiest if you use the Relationship Diagram view in the bottom pane of the Gantt view, as shown in Figure 9-10. The Relationship Diagram view shows you the selected task and its immediate predecessor and successor. Use the following steps to select the Relationship Diagram view:

1. Choose WindowOSplit.

2. Click the bottom pane.

3. Choose ViewOMore Views.

4. Select Relationship Diagram from the More Views window, and click Apply.

Figure 9-10: Use the Relationship Diagram view to review task dependencies.

Click each task in your project to review its dependencies. As you review the tasks, ask yourself the following questions:

♦ Do I really need to complete Task A before Task B begins?

♦ Could I perform the tasks concurrently?

♦ Could I do one of the tasks later without harming the project?

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