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Use of Project 2010 and predecessors RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am putting together a WBS in Project 2010 and would like to link several tasks as follows:

    Task A  (no dependancies)

    Task B  (no dependancies)

    Task C  (can begin once either Task A or Task B completes)

    Is this possible, and if so, how?

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:19 PM

Answers

  • John,

    Andrew's comment about not using his method very much is sound advice. Paste links are notorious for being the root of eventual corruption, even within a given Project file.

    This identical question was asked last week on this forum by another user. Take a look at, http://social.msdn.microsoft.com:80/Forums/en-US/projectprofessional2010general/thread/66fc3da1-64d8-4333-899e-7b0da313ca94.

    John

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:35 PM

All replies

  • The short answer is no.  You may be able to get around it by how you assign resources to the tasks.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:22 PM
  • Out of the box, that would be quite hard.  If you wanted to get creative
    though, this would work:
     
    1) Put Task A and B under a single summary task.
    2) Create a new custom date field.  Set the formula "=[Finish]"  Set it to
    roll up to the minimum.
    3) Copy the custom date cell from the summary task.  Do a Paste Special >
    Link into the Start date of Task C.
     
    In theory, Task C will start as of the earliest Finish of A or B.
     
    I wouldn't do this very much though - only on truly special occasions where
    that was the only way to model something - and certainly no more than once
    or twice in a schedule.
     
     

    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:31 PM
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  • John,

    Andrew's comment about not using his method very much is sound advice. Paste links are notorious for being the root of eventual corruption, even within a given Project file.

    This identical question was asked last week on this forum by another user. Take a look at, http://social.msdn.microsoft.com:80/Forums/en-US/projectprofessional2010general/thread/66fc3da1-64d8-4333-899e-7b0da313ca94.

    John

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:35 PM