The critical path is the longest continuous sequence of activities from the project start date to its finish. In this video, learn what the critical path represents and why it's important.
- [Instructor] The critical path is the longest, continuous sequence of activities from the project start date to its finish. The critical path is critical because changes to dates on the critical path change the project finish date. If critical activities finish late, the whole project finishes later. If critical activities finish earlier, the project finishes earlier. Tasks on the critical path have one thing in common, zero total float.
Total float, also called total slack, is the time an activity can move in the schedule without affecting the project finish date. Zero total float means that an activity is hemmed-in by its predecessors and successors. It can't move earlier or later without affecting the project finish date. In this example, critical tasks are red and noncritical tasks are blue.
To see what I mean about total float and the critical path, let's lengthen the Write Chapters nine to 12 activity from 10 days to 12 days. Because this activity is on the critical path, the manuscript finish date delays to June 12th. The critical path is key to delivering your project on time or shortening the schedule if need be.
Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.
- Developing a schedule management plan
- Identifying project activities
- Adding milestones
- Organizing work
- Estimating duration and work
- Handling lag in dependencies
- Defining resources
- Assigning resources to activities
- Working with part-time and remote workers
- Fine-tuning assignments
- Optimizing schedules
- Managing and changing schedules
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Organizing Activities
3. Sequencing Activities
4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
5. Fine-Tuning Assignments
6. Optimizing Schedules
Baseline the schedule2m 12s
7. Managing Schedules
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