Project management offers various tools to simplify and control experimentation. The critical path project management (CPM) is one such tool used by managers to complete the projects by focusing on key deliverables.
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 opting that one critical path, the project managers can easily deliver projects on time.
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.
For complex projects, the project managers are advised to use the project management software programs to calculate the critical path while the simple projects are easier to regulate.
To determine the critical path to simple projects, begin with initial tasks and determine their dependency on each other. The longest task will become a critical path to the next task. Similarly, ensure the next longer task will be the critical path to the next step. The process continues until the project manager reaches the project’s end. The entire process demands vigilance over the other tasks as they may turn into the critical path if something unexpected happens. Missing 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. To view and learn the intricate details of CPM, click on the following link: https://www.thebalance.com/critical-path-project-management-cpm-2276128