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Discretionary dependencies have a tendency to create arbitrary total float values that will limit your options when scheduling activities that have this type of dependency. If you are using fast tracking to compress your schedule, you should consider changing or removing these dependencies.

External dependencies External dependencies are, well, external to the project. This might seem obvious, but the PMBOK® Guide points out that even though the dependency is external to the project (and therefore a nonproject activity), it impacts project activities. For example, perhaps your project is researching and marketing a new drug. The FDA must approve the drug before your company can market it. This is not a project activity, but the project cannot move forward until approval occurs. That means FDA approval is an external dependency.

Once you've identified the dependencies and assembled all the other inputs for the Sequence Activities process, you'll take this information and produce a diagram—or schematic display—of the project activities. The project schedule network diagram shows the dependencies—or logical relationships—that exist among the activities. You can use one of the other tools and techniques of this process to produce this output. You'll now examine each in detail.

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