Planning and Scheduling: Identifying Dependencies

Summary: This guideline illustrates the process for identifying work dependencies and provides a table for capturing these dependences. This process can be done before actual schedule creation in a tool, as it often leads to some repartitioning of the tasks in the work breakdown. Though software scheduling tools have powerful graphical interfaces for entering and managing task dependencies, doing an initial manual pass at high-level dependencies may actually help you repartition the tasks more efficiently, before estimates and dates add another level of complexity to the plan.

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