About relationship types

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What are relationship types?

When you create relationships between items in your project, you need to indicate the nature of those relationships by selecting a relationship type. Relationship types classify the relationships within your project and allow you to make comparisons between all the relationships of a particular type.

You can use the system-created 'Associated' relationship type or you can create your own relationship types—for example, knows, employs, reduces, impacts and so on.

Relationship types have both a name and a direction. It is a good idea to name relationship types with a verb or verbal expression—for example, employs or works with. Verbal relationship type names assist because they make it clear what is being stated, clarify the relationship type's direction and what items the relationship is from and to.

When you add a relationship type, you can define one of the following directions:

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Understanding the direction of a relationship type

When you create a relationship type, you must give it a direction. There are three possible directions, each giving different meanings to the relationships you create:

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