If you work with the latest version of MS PROJECT 2016, and you have update it regular you will notice one great improvement in Predecessor field.
Let me show you that. First I will create brand new Project with two Phases:
Before improvement, in the Predecessors field we we able to put the Task number. If you have a lot of Tasks you will not see them all in one screen, and that is what usually is the fact. And, as you can see in my example above, there are times when you have more than one Task in your Project with the same name. So, it was easy to put wrong Predecessor for the Task, which made a lot of trouble. Now, there is a new way to put Predecessor.
Now, you can actually choose which Task (or Tasks) are predecessors of the current Task. So, Task for which you are going to choose Predecessors is bold, and all to all other Task you can put checkmark to choose them. So it is now much harder to make a mistake.
And what about Successors? Same thing! Let’s suppose that I have Project like this:
Now I will add the Predecessors Column and you will see that I can choose it in the same way like I can choose Predecessors:
Do you see this little minus sign beside each Summary Task (in my case Phase 1 and Phase 2)? If you click on this sign you can hide all subtasks for this Summary Task (of course, if you don’t need them for predecessors or successor), and you will see only Tasks which you want to see, below Summary Tasks that you didn’t hide:
To conclude, great, GREAT improvement.