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Network diagram. Having identified the basic tasks of this summary task, you now build a network diagram of this summary task, which is later integrated with other summary tasks diagrams to create the whole project network, as follows.

Start with a network template. Always start your network diagramming with a template or model of the "typical" network, and adjust it to the project you are planning. A typical template looks like this, with three paths and parallel activities, ending in one task (See Figure 3-5).

Then tailor your model to your project as shown in Figure 3-6.

Time-based network diagram. Here you simply place the network diagram on a time-based graph. Draw the length of the arrows representing each task to equate with their actual durations as aligned with the bottom calendar of 97 days. Note that Figure 3-7 shows "float," or "slack," the dotted lines that represent the flexibility in what "time slot" you determine to do the non-critical

Figure 3-5 Network diagram template.
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