In the Previous Post, we discuss the advantages of volume lag.

For example, when activity A performs preparation for activity B and: 20m, 10m3, 10 items, etc.

The proposed solution was to use: Start-to-Start + Volume lag.

The ‘Volume lag’ eliminates the problem when activity B can’t commence on time due to lower than expected progress of activity A. However, there is one more challenge: activity B not only has to start when the required volume is achieved, but also this Volume must be continuously achieved ahead of activity B.

As a quick fix, both activities may have an additional Finish-To-Finish + Volume lag dependency:

It guarantees that the completion of Activity B is ahead of Activity A but doesn’t fix the problem. If the progress of Activity A may not be stable project delivery model must reflect it. The proper solution is to apply multiple Point-to-Point Dependencies to implement additional checks.

A ‘Lag’ is a shift from the Start (or Finish) date of the Predecessor activity.

Point-to-Point dependency represents shifts from a predecessor point AND a successor point simultaneously.

Each P2P dependency has two lags: Lag Out (traditional) and Lag In:

• Lag 1 – predecessor lag
• Lag 2 – successor lag
• Both lags could be Duration or Volume based
• Volume could be defined in units or as Volume %

Alex Lyaschenko

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