A common schedule logic mistake is linking activities with a start-to-start dependency when they should use finish-to-finish. Learn how start-to-start dependencies can cause problems in the long run.
- [Instructor] Start-to-start dependencies…mean that the start of one activity…controls when the other activity begins.…A common schedule logic mistake…is linking activities with a start-to-start dependency…when they should use finish-to-finish.…Here's how start-to-start links can cause trouble.…Let's use the writing manuscript…and reviewing manuscript example.…Each activity is ten days long.…
Let's link them using start-to-start and a two-day lag.…The reviewers start two days after the writers start…once they get some pages to review.…What if writing takes longer than it's supposed to,…let's say 15 days?…The reviewing task is still scheduled…to finish at the 12-day mark,…two days' lag and 10 days' duration.…Now that's before the writing is complete.…
That means either some pages go unreviewed,…or the reviewers have to wait until the writing is done.…When you think about it, the correct logic…in this example is finish-to-finish.…The writing has to finish before the reviewing can finish.…With a finish-to-finish dependency,…
Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.
- Developing a schedule management plan
- Identifying project activities
- Adding milestones
- Organizing work
- Estimating duration and work
- Handling lag in dependencies
- Defining resources
- Assigning resources to activities
- Working with part-time and remote workers
- Fine-tuning assignments
- Optimizing schedules
- Managing and changing schedules
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Organizing Activities
3. Sequencing Activities
4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
5. Fine-Tuning Assignments
6. Optimizing Schedules
Baseline the schedule2m 12s
7. Managing Schedules
Next steps2m 33s
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