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Critical path

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The critical path is a term of the network analysis and means the series of independent activities in the project. Its length is a length of the whole project. A work package is only then critical, when a time displacement of the final date results a time displacement of the project end. The project end delays for 5 days, if the final date delays for 5 days.

The critical path method is the most effective tool for the time scheduling and the management for the project deadlines. The assignment of the sub-process with the longest duration from the beginning till the end of the project is the base of this method. The critical path defines the common duration of activities. All other paths should have small time spans. The tasks to perform have, therefore, buffer time. The critical path may change from time to time during the project as activities with the changed duration can be on the critical path.

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