Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Putting in the critical path, part of Learning Gantt Charts.
- The critical path is the longest path,…and that's all it means.…I think in the old days, it may have been called…the time critical path, and that's just been…shortened now to be just the critical path.…People often misunderstand this, and they think…that the tasks on the critical path…are the most difficult or expensive…or the most failure-prone tasks.…But they're not.…They're just the ones that take the longest time…to get done.…So you can have trivial tasks, like…routine paperwork, on the critical path,…and massive, expensive, important things…that aren't on the critical path.…
So the first thing when drawing a Gantt chart…is to put in the critical path,…and it's always drawn coming down in steps, like this.…By the way, I'm using Excel to draw…the Gantt charts on this course,…but with Microsoft Project, it's similar.…And later, I'll be giving you more information…on the pros and cons of these two.…So, why is it drawn coming down in steps?…Well, the main reason is that you then have…everything on its own line.…
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- Describe the layout of a Gantt chart.
- Define the critical path.
- Differentiate between agile, scrum, and waterfall.
- Determine how to position the floating tasks.
- Explain when it’s ideal to use a Gantt template.
- Summarize why a Gantt chart is useful for communicating with customers.