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Microsoft® Office Project 2007 Inside Out by Teresa S. Stover

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Establishing Task Dependencies

At this point, your tasks all have what you hope are realistic durations. What is not realistic is that each task looks like it’s starting on the project start date (see Figure 5-9).

Until you set up task dependencies, all tasks are shown as starting on the project start date.

Figure 5-9. Until you set up task dependencies, all tasks are shown as starting on the project start date.

Although many tasks in a project are likely to begin on the project start date, most other tasks cannot begin until another task has finished. Sometimes, several tasks are dependent upon the completion of one task; sometimes, several tasks must finish before a single later task can begin.

So, the next step in creating your schedule is ...

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