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Linking Project Tasks

Linking Project tasks overview
Learn how to use task dependency types and lag and lead time in Microsoft Office Project 2003 to help you create better project plans.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • 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 Project task dependency types.
  • Know when to use each of the task dependencies.
  • Know when and how to use lead and lag time.

Linking 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 overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column.

When you're done reading this page, 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 2003 for step-by-step help with defining your tasks, assigning durations, and linking tasks.

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