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  • What do you call tasks that are dependent on one another?

    Is there any other way (terminology) to describe such a situation [other than dependency] ?

    For example, let's say Task B can't be done/completed without Task A having been done first.

    Friday, July 7, 2017 3:01 AM

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    S.Sengupta, Windows Insider MVP

    Friday, July 7, 2017 3:54 AM
  • Dependent Tasks  , there is no Specific terminology that define the dependency. 

    Task Dependency is basically a relationship in which a task relies on other tasks to be performed (completely or partially) .

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    Friday, July 7, 2017 5:12 AM
  • PANCHO1990 --

    The correct terminology would be Predecessor and Successor.  In your example, Task A would be the Predecessor to Task B, and Task B would be the Successor to Task A.   good way to think about Predecessor and Successor would be this:

    • The Predecessor task is the driving task.  It is the task whose schedule controls the schedule of its Successor task.
    • The Successor task is the driven task.  It is the task whose schedule is controlled by the schedule of its Predecessor.

    Hope this helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]

    Friday, July 7, 2017 1:25 PM
  • PANCHO1990 --

    In addition to my previous comments about Predecessor and Successor tasks, in Microsoft Project there are two columns that show task relationships.  Appropriately enough, the columns are named Predecessor and Successor.  Hope this extra helps.

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]

    Friday, July 7, 2017 1:26 PM
  • The world is full of multiple terms for the same thing because people either don't know the right term or just want to be different. Marketing people are especially bad at making up new terms just to make people think they have something better.

    What is wrong with dependency? You don't specify why you need a different term so you should make this a discussion. There is not a clear answer; the responses would clearly be subjective, not objective.

    Sam Hobbs

    Friday, July 7, 2017 8:24 PM