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In the Trenches with Microsoft® Office Project 2007 by Elaine J. Marmel

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Identifying the Critical Path

The critical path of any project marks the longest way through your project, identifying the tasks that cannot slip if you expect to finish your project on schedule. And if you’re looking for ways to shorten the length of your project, look for ways to shorten the critical path. The critical path of your project can change as the project progresses. How? Tasks on the critical path might finish early, making what was the critical path shorter than some other path through your project. Or tasks on some other path through the project might be delayed, moving those tasks onto the critical path. So knowing which tasks can make or break your project’s on-time completion is, well, critical!

Tasks that appear on the critical ...

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