Usually the two tasks are scheduled to be completed by the same person.As a matter of best practice, I would strongly discourage linking tasks which are “discretionary” or “soft” predecessors, which are just based on preferences for a particular sequence of task execution.I know that it is common practice to simply insert a column here and there in the entry table as required, and I even do it myself sometimes (temporarily only) and I know that others advise it from time to time (“insert this column or that column…”) but it is sloppy housekeeping and if the entry table is too messed up with the extra columns shown and some hidden, it just gets a bit messy, and since some reports reference the entry table it ruins the reports too. % Work Complete = Actual/Total There are built-in fields for all of these, except % Cost Complete, and it is easy to make one for this by using a spare Text field, but it is not really needed.The column you want to see is usually in an appropriate table somewhere. Only any two of these are independent, since Actual Remaining = Total.
“Soft” predecessors are those which are imposed on the plan by the planner for some reason other than absolute unavoidable necessity.
There are four important numbers associated with these three aspects of any Task: DURATION a. This procedure checklist is intended, primarily, to ensure that before you start Tracking and updating that you can see what you are doing.
You may wish to develop your own procedure, but make sure you can see what you are doing: What’s the easiest way to make sure I can get the data I need when I need it?
Each one of you might be using a different setting for MS Project 2013.
To ensure the results are not different from what is shown in this tutorials, ensure the settings as follows.