Project Management Activities and Dependencies

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This article is about Project Management Activities and Dependencies in Project Management. In a Project Management Planning, we will see so many activities. These activities are related each others. There are several project management activities which can only be started when the other activities are done.

There are several types of Project Management Activities Pattern in planning :

1. Linear Activities.

This happens when the first activity is done, the second activity will start. After the second activity is done, the third activity will be started. For illustration, please see the picture below.Project Management Activities - Linear Activities

2. Burst Activities.

This happens when the first activity is done, the second activity will start. After the second activity is done, the third and the fourth activities will be started at the same time. For illustration, please see the picture below.Project Management Activities - Burst Activities

3. Merge Activities.

This happens when the third activity can only be started after the first and the second activities are done. Then the fourth activity will start right after the third activity is done. For illustration, please see the picture below.Project Management Activities - Merge Activities

4. Merge and Burst Activities.

This happens in a combination of Burst and Merge Activities. For illustration, please see the picture below.Project Management Activities - Merge and Burst Activities

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Those 4 patterns are the usual pattern happen in a Project Management Planning. Those patterns show that we can find Dependencies in Project Management. These dependencies are classified in several types. This classification is based on the time the Project Management Activity starts.

Dependencies in Project Management Activities :

1. Finish to Start (FS).

This means that a Project Management Activity can only be started after the previous activity is finished. For example, foundation works can only be started after the soil excavation is finished. For illustration, please see the picture below.Finish to Start

2. Finish to Finish (FF).

This means that two or several Project Management Activities must finish at the same time. For example, Garden works must be done at the same time with the Fence Works. For illustration, please see the picture below.Finish to finish

3. Start to Start (SS).

This means that two or several Project Management Activities must start at the same time. For example, Site Cleaning works are started at the same time with the Site Office Preparation works. For illustration, please see the picture below.Start to Start

4. Start to Finish (SF).

This means that a Project Management Activity can only be finished when a specific activity is started. For example, garbage disposal in ground hole works can only be finished after the filling activity of the hole is started. For illustration, please see the picture below.Start to Finish

Project Management Activities are affected by so many things. In project planning, we should watch all of the possible variables regarding each activity.

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