A common characteristic of project schedules is the use of multiple predecessors in task sequencing. The general rule of thumb is that the latest predecessor’s dates drive the successor’s. Finding which predecessor that is can be a time consuming bit of analysis.
Project 2013 has made this much easier with a new feature: Task Path. Using Task Path, a you can select any task in the task list and find out which tasks are driving its schedule dates. Found in the Format tab, Task Path uses a different bar color format to identify Driving Predecessors. See the figure below for finer details. Click on the figure to enlarge.
Task Paths also dynamically change when the driving predecessor changes. In the figure below the driving predecessor has changed, and so the formatting moved to the new driving predecessor.
Dynamic, accurate and visible, the Task Path is worth a look. Let it help analyze the schedule!
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