Multiple predecessors


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ben.poitras

As a completely new user to MS Project, I can't find a topic in help,
and was wondering if anyone could give me a hand.

How do you assign multiple predecessors to a task?
I need two and sometimes three other tasks to be finished in a project
before the next one can start.

Thank you in advance;
Ben.
 
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Jim Aksel

No problem! Here are three ways to do it.
1. On the task line there is a default column for predecessors. Enter the
predecessor task line numbers separated by commas 2,5,18

2. Double click the task, pull the predessors tab and key in the line
numbers there. You can also establish relationships such as Start to Start,
Finish to Start and Lag/Lead times from this window.

3. Window/Split. The bottom pane will have an area similar to (2) above
allowing the same thing.

Good luck!


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ben.poitras

Thanks so much!


No problem! Here are three ways to do it.
1. On the task line there is a default column for predecessors. Enter the
predecessor task line numbers separated by commas 2,5,18

2. Double click the task, pull the predessors tab and key in the line
numbers there. You can also establish relationships such as Start to Start,
Finish to Start and Lag/Lead times from this window.

3. Window/Split. The bottom pane will have an area similar to (2) above
allowing the same thing.

Good luck!

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Mike Glen

Hi Ben,

Welcome to this Microsoft Project newsgroup :)

You might like to have a look at my series on Microsoft Project in the
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(Perhaps you'd care to rate the article before leaving the site, :)
Thanks.)

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this web address: <http://www.mvps.org/project/>

Hope this helps - please let us know how you get on :)

Mike Glen
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No problem! Here are three ways to do it.
1. On the task line there is a default column for predecessors. Enter the
predecessor task line numbers separated by commas 2,5,18

2. Double click the task, pull the predessors tab and key in the line
numbers there. You can also establish relationships such as Start to Start,
Finish to Start and Lag/Lead times from this window.

3. Window/Split. The bottom pane will have an area similar to (2) above
allowing the same thing.

Good luck!


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If this post was helpful, please consider rating it.

Jim

Visit http://project.mvps.org/ for FAQs and more information
about Microsoft Project

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I found option 1 (number) in particular very useful. For ease of accomplishing, especially on a huge project with multiple tasks all ending with a common single task, I advice you mark the last taskline for individual group tasks for use in creating the predecessors for the final task... e.g.
21 <First task>
22 <group 1>
23 <Task a>
24 <Task b>
25 <Task c>
26 <Task d>
27 <group 2>
28 <Task e>
29 <Task f>
30 <group 3>
31 <Task g>
32 <Task h>
33 <Task i>
34 <Last task>

Such that the multiple predecessors for <Last task> would be [33,29,26] of which you can easily type in the cell for predecessors on the final task.
 

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