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Linking Project tasks

Linking Project tasks overview
Create better project plans by learning how to use task dependencies (or links) and lag and lead time in Microsoft Office Project 2007..

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience. Practices require Project 2007.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Apply any of the four task dependency types.
  • Know when to use each of the task dependencies.
  • Know when and how to use lead and lag time.

Linking Project tasks can help you save time as you manage your project. After you define your project's tasks and estimate how long they will take, you are ready to link them.

Linking tasks creates a plan based on sequence and dependencies, regardless of specific dates. A plan like this can easily adjust to schedule changes while preserving the relationships between tasks. If the start date, duration, or finish date of one task changes, Project automatically reschedules all related tasks. Linking makes your plan more flexible and more reliable.

To learn more about this course, read the text in Goals and About this course, or look at the table of contents. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

This course assumes that you already know how to create tasks and assign durations. See the Project Guide in Project 2007 for step-by-step help with defining your tasks, assigning durations, and linking tasks.

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