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Chapter 1. Introduction to the Project I... > Examining the Network Diagram View

Examining the Network Diagram View

The Network Diagram view is also widely known as a PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) Chart, and is most useful for dealing with the relationships between tasks. It does a great job of showing how tasks are linked together, but because it is not timescaled, it does a poor job of showing how tasks lay out across time. For this reason, most project managers only use these views for dealing with the logical relationship between the tasks in their projects. These inter-relationships are commonly called networks, hence the name of these views.

Viewing a Network Diagram

Like the Gantt Chart view and most other views, the Network Diagram view can be accessed from either the View menu or the View bar.

In the Network Diagram, each task is a box. The box contains task data such as name, start and finish dates, duration, and so on.

Relationships between tasks are shown as lines connecting two task “boxes.” This view shows an indicator defining what kind of link exists between the views.


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