Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Putting the critical path to work, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
The task on The Critical Path takes longer, or gets delayed. …Its late finish date pushes out finish dates of all the other critical tasks, …and eventually, the finish date of the project. …By managing the tasks on the critical path, you can keep your project on schedule. …Because tasks on the critical path directly affect the project finish date, …they should be your top priority for keeping on schedule. …In other words, if issues arise that threaten to delay both critical and …noncritical tasks, tend to the critical task first.…
In our example, the tasks to develop content are critical. …They're the ones in red, while the tasks to build the HR website are not, they're blue. …If problems come up on both portions of the project, focus on resolving the issue …on developing content first. And then turn your attention to the website. …The critical path is also the place to look for solutions if your project is …already delayed, or needs to finish sooner for any reason. …If you're trying to shorten the project, always shorten tasks on the critical path.…
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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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