Critical Path in Project Management

What is the Critical Path Method?

The Critical Path contains all project tasks which – when delayed – are directly affecting the project end date. These tasks therefore do not have an total buffer time (total float is 0). Tasks on the critical path determine the total project duration.

Critical tasks are of great importance since they make the following statements:

  • Which tasks have to be focused on?
  • Which tasks must not be delayed in order to not delay the end of the project?

The critical path is highlighted graphically in both the network and the bar chart. In BlueProjectHero it is identified by the color RED (in both diagram types). In the network diagram, the network nodes are shown in red; in the bar graph (Gantt chart) the option “Show critical path” has to be activated in the menu first.