To determine the probable start (start date: The date when a task is scheduled to begin. This date is based on the duration, calendars, and constraints of predecessor and successor tasks. A task's start date is also based on its own calendars and constraints.) and finish dates (finish date: The date that a task is scheduled to be completed. This date is based on the task's start date, duration, calendars, predecessor dates, task dependencies, and constraints.) of each task (task: An activity that has a beginning and an end. Project plans are made up of tasks.), as well as the project length, you need to establish sequential dependencies (task dependencies: A relationship between two linked tasks; linked by a dependency between their finish and start dates. There are four kinds of task dependencies: Finish-to-start [FS], Start-to-start [SS], Finish-to-finish [FF], and Start-to-finish [SF].) between the tasks.
- On the View menu, click Calendar.
- Hold down CTRL, and click each task you want to link.
- Click Link Tasks .
Note By default, Microsoft Office Project 2003 links tasks in a finish-to-start dependency. You can, however, easily change the type of task dependency on the Advanced tab of the Task Information dialog box. To open the Task Information dialog box, double-click the name of the task whose link you want to change.