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  • Question

  • How can I manage dependencies on MS Project. For instance, I have Task A, B, C.

    Task A is mandatory to complete.

    Task B,C are both optional where a project manager can evaluate the benefits of completing these tasks and drop them if necessary. For instance, if Task C is dependent on the outcome of Task B, and for some reason, the project manager decides to delete Task B from MS Projects, is there a way to indicate that we can no longer do Task C?

    Reason for asking: If we delete the task, the dependency just gets deleted.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:43 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    There is no such way to do exactly what you require. You can always use the note field to add comments on tasks. I also suggest that, if you think task B might be removed, to keep task C, you also add task A as predecessor for task C. More generally, if tasks are optionnal, make sure that other tasks have no unique dependency on thos optionnal tasks. 

    Even if it is generally not a good practice, you can also use a "start no earlier than" constraints to indicate successors' earliest start dates.

    Another way would be to group optionnal tasks under a summary task (if it doesn't break your WBS logic) so you keep them visible.


    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:51 AM
    Moderator
  • Hello,

    a suggestion: Before deleting, you could check successors. Either with the path feature:

    Or you just use a filter on predecessors before deleting.

    Regards
    Barbara


    Barbara Henhapl Blog (English/German)

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:00 AM
    Moderator