ICS-White Paper: A Cognitive Project Management’s Three Relationship Categories


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Introducing Communal, Symbiotic, and Progressive Relationships

Project Time Management Tools are either Static or Dynamic. Static Project Time Management Tools (e.g., Listings, Timetables, and Bar Charts) rarely convey the interconnectivity of Activities with any real clarity or usefulness. The depiction of how Actions on a Project relate to one another is best left for Dynamic Project Time Management Tools. Central to any discussion of Project Time Management is something called Relationships, the aspect of Project Execution efforts (and the Schedules that seek to model them) that cause both to be dynamic human endeavors.

So What Are Relationships?

In a nutshell, Cognitive Project Management asserts that there are three different categories of Relationships between Activities in a Schedule. All Activities in a Network-Based Schedule relate Communally and Progressively, while some may also relate Symbiotically.

Additionally, Progressive Relationships can be further distinguished by the immediacy of their influence on their downstream counterparts: Eventually-Impacting and Immediately-Restricting. Contrasting all of this, Dominant Project Management only recognizes the Immediately-Restricting Relationship subcategory, which is calls a Dependency.