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Old 11-15-2018, 07:28 AM
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Hi I am new to Project and I am struggling with the Critical Path. Can anyone explain in simplistic terms how project defines what items appear on the critical path and secondly how can I add or remove tasks on the critical path? TIA
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Guloluseus Guloluseus is offline MS Project 2013 Critical Path Windows 7 64bit MS Project 2013 Critical Path Office 2010 32bit
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The simple explanation is that an item is shown as critical if changing the duration would affect the completion date.
If you had a programme with 2 tasks, a and b, that occur concurrently. where a took 5 days and b took 3 days, a would show as critical, as any change to the duration would affect the completion date. If task b took 1 day or 4 days, it wouldnt matter to completion.

The critical path is not something you make, it comes out of the programme. Trying to manipulate a programme to manufacture a CP is never, ever a good idea- it means that tasks will have incorrect duration, incorrect links, or worse.

Think of it as Project telling you what items have to be done on time to avoid failing. as you change the programme the CP will change to reflect these changes.
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