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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management, 5th Edition by G. Michael Campbell PMP, G. Michael Campbell, Sunny Baker

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Not Just Floating Around

Tasks not on the critical path also must be completed. You can’t build a house and ask someone to move in before the water and sewer are connected, but such tasks can occur later in the project’s time frame without substantially delaying other tasks downstream. This gives them a flexible start and finish date, which in project management lingo is called float. The equation Latest possible finish date – earliest possible start – duration = total float calculates the latest date you can start, given the duration that an activity will take and still finish on time for the next activity to start. If the total float for a task equals zero, then that task is on the critical path. The amount of float is the amount of flexibility ...

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