Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Determining the critical path, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
The critical path is a connective sequence of tasks that runs from the …start of the project to the finish. That means any changes to dates on the …critical path change the project finish date. …Before you use the critical path to manage your schedules, you should …understand what makes tasks critical. And how to identify them. …The tasks on the critical path have one thing in common. …They have zero total slack. Total slack, also called flow, is the …amount of time that a task can move in the schedule before it affects the …project finish date. So zero total slack means that the tasks …are hemmed in by their predecessors and successors.…
And can't move earlier or later. In this example, tasks one, four, and …five are critical because they make up the sequence that runs from the project …start date to its finish. In this Microsoft project view, critical …task bars are red. And non-critical tasks are blue. …In the old days, part of a project manager's rite of passage was to …calculate the critical path by hand. All scheduling programs take care of …
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- Identifying the work that needs to be done
- Adding milestones
- Delaying or overlapping tasks with lag and lead time
- Assigning resources
- Balancing workloads
- Adding buffers and baselines to the schedule
- Uncovering and correcting out schedule problems<br><br>
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Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Sequencing Tasks
3. Assigning Resources to Tasks
4. Planning to Balance Workloads
5. Optimizing Schedules
6. Managing Schedules
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