Project management offers various tools to simplify and control the work of experimentation. The critical path project management (CPM) is one such tool used by project managers to complete the projects by focusing on key tasks.
In this article at The Balance, F. John Reh states that using one path over all the inter-connected tasks may lead to faster project completion. By choosing that one critical path, the project managers can do timely project submission.
Listing Sequence of Tasks
To explain the categorization of the critical path, Reh suggests listing the required tasks in a work breakdown structure (WBS). It will regulate the dependencies among the tasks and helps in calculating the total time required to finish the overall project.
Design Your Path
For complex projects, the project managers are advised to use the project management software programs to calculate critical path, while the simple projects are easier to regulate.
Determining the critical path to simple projects begins with determining initial tasks and its dependency on the other. The longest task will become the critical path to the next task. Similarly, a chain of tasks will form that ensures the next longer task will be the critical path to the next step. The process continues until the project manager reaches the project end. The entire process demands vigilance over the other tasks, as they may turn into the critical path if something unexpected happens. Lacking on one task may extend the overall project timeline.
To reduce the overall project timeline, compress the task on the critical path by hiring additional resources or making the existing resources work overtime.
The author suggests that the right calculation of the critical path while managing the longer tasks on the way will improve the chances of timely project completion. Just the project managers need to ensure that no other task interrupts the route to the critical path of the longer tasks. To learn the intricate details of CPM elaborated by the author in the original article, click on the following link: