Lead time in relative Terms with MS PROJECT 2013


Lead is time which allow Successor Task to start before Predecessor is finished, and still keep Finish To Start relationship. I wrote about that in my Blog Post: https://ntrajkovski.com/2011/04/12/scheduling-problems-in-ms-project-2010-part-2/

Let’s see how to make it relative in MS PROJECT 2013! Let’s say that we have four Tasks in software Development:


Now suppose that I want to Start with Design after half on Analyze is done, than with Developing after half of Design is done, and with Coding after half of Developing is done. I’ll show you how to do it with Design Task, and for the other Tasks the procedure is the same:


After I repeat this steps for other two Tasks I will get:


Everything look perfect! Bu now suppose that Duration of my Tasks are, for some Reasons 6 days instead of four:


As you can see now, Design will not star after Analyze is half done, but two day before it is finished. To make sure that it will start after the Predecessor is half done I will change the Relationship for all Task like this:


After I repeat those steps for all my Tasks I’ll get:


As you can see, I got what I wanted. If I now change Duration like:

  • Analyze = 2 days
  • Design = 4 days
  • Develop = 6 days
  • Code = 2days

I will get:


As you can see, every Successor will start when Predecessor is 50% finished.

It’s easy.

Dear Blog readers, please kindly receive my apologies because I do not promptly response to your questions but I’m very busy at the moment. You will get the answers as soon as I have time to response





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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