Critical Path Analysis


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Technique Overview

Critical Path Analysis

Critical Path Analysis Definition

Critical path analysis (also known as critical path method) is a network-diagramming technique used to predict total project duration and aids in combating project schedule overruns (Schwalbe, 2010).

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  • Abeli, W.S. and Dykstra, D.P. (1988) Improving Work Efficiency through the Application of a Critical Path Method. Forestry, Vol. 61(1), pp. 73-78.
  • Bell, D.C. and Read, A.W. (1970) The Application of a Research Project Selection Method. R&D Management, Vol. 1(1), pp. 35-42.
  • Fairley, R.E. (2009) Managing and Leading Software Projects. John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • IBM (2011) IBM Business Process Manager, Version 7.5. [Online] Available at: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/dmndhelp/v7r5mx/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wbpm.wle.widget.doc/portalhelp/topic/using_cpm.html.

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