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Part II: Developing a Timeline > Working with Deadlines and Constraints

Hour 7. Working with Deadlines and Constraints

In Hour 6, "Linking Tasks in the Correct Sequence," you examined the essential task scheduling tools. Four types of task links are available for your use in connecting tasks: the default Finish-to-Start, plus Start-to-Start, Finish-to-Finish, and the less-used Start-to-Finish. With these links in place, Project can show you the effects of changes in the schedule if one or more tasks must be rescheduled. The tasks can move freely within the limits of the task links.

However, you may not want some tasks to move about in the schedule. If your contract includes a penalty for not starting a task on time, for example, you will want to keep a close eye on that particular task. Project includes two features to help you monitor tasks that must not vary from a specific date. In this hour, you will look at how to handle tasks that must not move around in your schedule, or at least have Project issue a warning if an important task is rescheduled.

In this hour, you will learn:

  • How to connect a task to a specific date

  • How to set a deadline date for a task

  • The different uses for task constraints and task deadlines

  • How to apply constraint and deadline filters to the task list


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