Lead and Lag time with Project for the Web!

In Microsoft Project Online or desktop version I can add Lag and Lead. What is Lag? Waiting time. Let’s say that I have two Tasks n my Project:


If I look at the Timeline View, I will get:


As you can see there is Finish to Start relationship between those two Tasks. But, between those two tasks, I have to wait for drying. So, I can not start with painting the walls for the second time, immediately after I finish previous painting. Let’s say that I have to wait 2 days. So, I have to drag Task Painting walls – second time and drop it two days later:

image  and when I release my mouse button I will get:


as you can see, I’ve got a Lag time between two Tasks.

Now let’s talk about the Lead time. Lead time is time in Finish to Start relation between Tasks in which Successor can start before Predecessor is finished.

Look at my example:


Let’s say that the new Web will have 5 different pages. For each page I will spend 1 day for Design, 1 day for Coding, and 1 day for Testing. So for 5 pages, Design, Coding and Testing will have 5 days Duration. That is shown in the picture above. And whole process will take 15 days. But what if I can start with coding first page right after it is designed, and with testing right after it is coded. To show that I will move Code 4 days before Design should be finish, and Test 4 days before Code is finished in a same way like I did it when I needed lag time.

And I will get:


As you can see, predecessors are lost. OK! If I try to make Design as Code predecessor, and Code as Test Predecessor, I will now get:

imageDo you see what I’ve got? Not what I wanted.

So, to conclude, in Project for the Web I can have Lag time, but not Lead time.



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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