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Do you know which activities have free float?

Murray-Webster and Simon

Understanding float allows the Project Manager to understand what’s not critical i.e. what can be delayed or extended (using their float) so that activities on the critical path can be completed on time.

Lucidus consulting

What’s wrong with this picture? No logic required!

Murray-Webster and Simon

“By ignoring all the dependencies we can finish the project in nine days and save thousands…”

Lucidus consulting

Where now for the Critical Chain?

Pritchard

The Critical Chain technique has now become a standardized practice and has evolved to the point where practitioners feel comfortable arguing about the practice and the nuances of implementation.

Project Manager Today magazine

CPA old and new

Weaver

The way CPM (critical path method) schedules were calculated in the 1970s and 80s (prior to the availability of low-cost PC scheduling tools) used a simplification designed to minimise error and speed up a tedious task.

Mosaic Project Services

Basic CPM calculations

Weaver

Time Analysis calculations in a Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM) Critical Path
Method (CPM) network can be done in a number of different ways.

Mosaic Project Services

Float, is it real?

Weaver

The concept of ‘float’ is less than 60 years old. The existence of a critical path and non-critical activities (with their associated ‘float’) grew out of the science of scheduling as defined by Critical Path Analysis

Mosaic Project Services

Basic CPM calculations

Weaver

Time scheduling calculations can be done in a number of different ways. This article offers a standardised set of calculations and notes areas where different software tools may produce different outcomes.

Mosaic Project Services

 

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How to perform critical path analysis using a precedence network

Brooke Bicycles has recently moved to new office and manufacturing facilities. A display of historic bicycles is to be assembled in the reception area. The activities to be done have been identified.

 

How to present the results of critical path analysis in a Gantt chart

This worked example requires that you have read, understood and have the results from the critical path analysis worked example.

 

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3rd December 2014Articles from Kozak-Holland and Pritchard added
12th November 2015Basic CPM from Weaver added

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