Your work breakdown structure, predecessors, work estimates and availability data all in the project schedule. Now you’ll use the critical path tool to ensure that your project will finish as quickly as possible. The critical path is the most widely used project management tool. It tells you which tasks control the overall duration of the project. You’ll learn how to optimize your resource assignments and your predecessor network to shorten the duration by “crashing” and “fast tracking” the project.
What Happens If I Don’t Optimize My Schedule?
If you haven’t built your schedule following the prior steps in this course, your project will take longer than it should and you won’t make good use of the available resources. The critical path is an easy tool to use and it shows you where the opportunities are for shortening the project’s duration. That’s vital information. If you don’t use the critical path tool, your project will be very inefficient.
There are 2 lecture videos below. You do not need to watch both, just the one that fits your version of the software.
- The 1st lecture video is for people using Microsoft Project® version 2010 or newer.
- The 2nd lecture video is for people using any version of Microsoft Project® prior to 2010.