Finish to Finish / Start to Start Dependencies with LAG in MS PROJECT 2013!


my Blog reader has a question: “Dear Nenad, can you explain Lag with Dependencies other than Finish to Start, like Finish to Finish and Start to Start?”

I will show you how to do that in MS PROJECT 2013!

First I will create simple Project:


As you can see Task 1 and Task 2 have Finish To Finish relationship, and Task 3 and Task 4 have Start To Start Dependencies. Now, suppose that Task 2, and Task 4 have 2 days Lag:


and I will get:


As you can see Task 2 will have Finish date 4.8.2105, and will start two days later, so it’s Start date is postponed!

I will repeat this for Task 4 and I will get:


Same result! So, yes you can have Lag (and Lead) with Tasks with Dependencies other than Finish to Start, but be aware of consequences!



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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2 Responses to Finish to Finish / Start to Start Dependencies with LAG in MS PROJECT 2013!

  1. A says:

    Some planners do not reccoment to use lead/lag dependencies. Even i read that it is advised to use finish to start dependencies as much as possible. dear Nenad what do you think about that based on your experience?

    • Nenad Trajkovski says:

      I use Lead and Lag. Lead and Lag are not Dependency type. You can use Finish to Start and combine them with Lead / Lag.

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