Milestone and Finish to Finish relationship in MS PROJECT 2016


I’ve got an interesting question form one of my blog reader. He’s got a problem. I will show you what kind of Problem does he has with MS PROJECT 2016!

Firs I will create new Project:


Everything looks perfect. Now, suppose that after the milestone has been finished, I have plan to do Next Task, for example, with 1 day Duration (1 Day Duration is from example of my blog Reader):


My Blog Reader did this:


He ask me: “Why is Start Date of Next Task, same as Milestone completed date (End Date)?”.  And he asks: “If I put that Next Task to be driven of Task 2, I get what I want!”

The problem lies here: If you want Next Task to start after Milestone is finished DO NOT PUT finish to finish relationship, like this:


As you can see Start date of Next Task is 05.05.2016, which is expected. With Finish to Finish Relationship you are telling to MS PROJECT: “I do not care when my Task will be started, but it has to be finished at the same task as my Predecessor!”. To show you that I will make finish to Finish relationship with Next Task, and Milestone, but I will change Duration of Next Task to 3 days, and I will get:


Now, you can see that Next Task will start earlier, at 02.05.2016, and that is exactly what I told to MS PROJECT: “Next Task should have 3 days duration, and it should be finished at the same time as Milestone, which is 04.05.2016”, and MS PROJECT has calculated Start date = Finish date – 3 days = 02.05.2016

So, be careful with task relations other than Finish to Start

Hope this helps!

Regards Smile


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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