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Chapter 14. Considering Dependencies

Chapter 14. Considering Dependencies

Most activities are not performed in isolation on a project. Identifying proper dependencies is a key part of getting the schedule right. This chapter discusses some considerations for dependencies common in software development projects, with references to the life cycle models of Chapter 4, the work breakdown structures of Chapter 8, the activity identification of Chapter 9, and the resource assignments of Chapter 12.

We will discuss what dependencies are, and some of the types found in scheduling activities. We'll explore some typical dependencies in a software development project. And we'll look at a brainstorming technique for identifying activities and dependencies when life cycle model activities are not already available to modify into a workable project plan. All of these explorations will help us build a realistic and believable schedule in Chapter 15, “Scheduling the Work.” In this chapter, we'll be introduced to some of the concepts of activity representation in a network diagram and we'll complete the coverage in Chapter 15 on scheduling, when we bring all the pieces together to build an actual schedule.


  

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