Network diagram and diagonal lines in MS PROJECT 2010, and 2013!


I have one question from my Blog Post reader, about Network Diagram in MS PROJECT 2010:

“Hi! I´m from Argentina and I was reading your blog, It´s really interesting and was really helpful for me. Thanks very much! I have a question, in the network diagram What represent the diagonal crossing an activity? in some cases there are double diagonal crossed in the activity, what does it means?. Thanks very much!!”

Piece of cake! Firs I will make a brand new Project with 3 Tasks:


Now I am going to show the Network Diagram:


and I will get:


Everything looks just “fine”.

Now I am going to tell that my Task 1 is finished 100%, and Task 2 is finished 50%, and Task 3 is just as it is:


and I will get::


Now, back to the Network Diagram:


As you can see, Task 1 is finished and it has two diagonal lines, Task 2 is partially finished, and it has one diagonal line, and Task 3 is not started yet, so it has no diagonal line at all. Because the whole project is Started but not finished it ha only one diagonal line!

Now i will make all tree Tasks finished and I will get:


Back to the Network Diagram:


Since the Project is Finished, all Task, and The Project, has two diagonal lines.

Simple, isn’t it?




About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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1 Response to Network diagram and diagonal lines in MS PROJECT 2010, and 2013!

  1. Will Kline says:

    Thank you for the great how-to. I think you’ll like; in order to collaborate online better and make the graphic easier on the eyes, we use their simple network diagram tool. Thanks!

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