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A dependency in project management is a link among project's terminal elements.

There are four kinds of dependencies with respect to ordering terminal elements (in order of decreasing frequency of use):

  • Finish to start (FS)
  • Finish to finish (FF)
  • Start to finish (SF)
  • Start to start (SS).

There are three kinds of depencies with respect to the reason for the existence of dependency:

  • causal (logical)
It is impossible to edit a text before it is wrtitten
It is illogical to pour concrete before you dig the foundations
It is logically possible to paint four walls in a room simultaneously but there is only one painter
  • discretionary.

Traditional critical path-derived schedules are based only on causal (logical) dependencies. The critical chain method necessitates taking into account resource constaint-derived dependencies as well.

See also: project planning

In computer science, dependency is a state that one object uses a functionality of another object. This may cause changes on implementation of one object can affect that of another object. Information hiding is a way to eliminate dependency to limit influence of changes and improve moduality.

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