Links

Sometimes one goal is dependent on another goal. Project 98 allows you to set up four types of dependencies:

Finish To Start: One goal must be completed before the next one can start. If we needed to complete the VB6 UML chapters before moving onto MTS, we could add this type of dependency. To make the link, we need to select the first item on the Gantt chart on the right hand side and drag the mouse pointer to the next goal. Select Goal 2 first and drag the mouse to Goal 4. As you do this, you should see the chain link symbol, showing that a link has been made.

The default will be Finish to Start link. Your schedule with the link will look as follows (we have changed the major time scale to week and the minor to day):

You could have also just typed in the number 2 in the Predecessors column for goal 4. Use whichever is easiest for you.

Start to Start: One goal can start at the same time the other goal starts. Double click on the link and you should see the Task Dependency window. Select Start-to-Start.

Task Dependency

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Your link should look as follows:

Your link should look as follows:

Notice the link has moved from the end of the first goal to the beginning of the first goal. When using start, the link is attached at the beginning of the bar; for finish the link is attached to the end of the bar.

Finish to Finish: This is used when two groups finish at the same time.

Start to Finish: This is used when one group starts when one finishes. For example, you may be upgrading a system. When the new system starts, the old system finishes.

Let us now link together some groups. Insert three new rows into your schedule before goal 9. Make sure that goal 9 is selected, then select Insert | New Task three times:

Add the following goals to the Northwind project:

Goal Name

Duration

Start

Finish

Recommendations for Vision/Scope

7h

Tue 01/22/02

Tue 01/22/02

Final Envisionment Meeting

7h

Fri 01/25/02

Fri 01/25/02

First Team Development Meeting

3h

Mon 01/28/02

Mon 01/28/02

Now link all of the Northwind goals together by selecting goals 7 to 11 and clicking the chain link button on the toolbar:

Double click on each link and change it to a Finish to Start link. Your schedule should now look as follows:

Double click on each link and change it to a Finish to Start link. Your schedule should now look as follows:

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