critical path method management templete


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Sep 7, 2017
CPM is commonly employed in many diverse types of projects. These include product development, engineering, construction, aerospace and defense, software development and research projects. Several CPM software solutions are available.

The basic steps employed in CPM are:

  1. Determine required tasks
  2. List required tasks in sequence
  3. Create a flowchart including each required task
  4. Identify all critical and non-critical relationships (paths) among required tasks
  5. Assign an expected completion/execution time for each required task
  6. Study all critical relationships to determine all possible alternatives or backups for as many as possible
Often a major objective in CPM is to complete the project in the shortest time possible. One way to do this is called fast tracking, which involves performing activities in parallel (simultaneously) and adding resources to shorten critical path durations (called crashing the critical path). This may result in expansion, which leads to increasing project complexity, duration or both.

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Feb 3, 2019
Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Srinivasan Cheers!!! This is a great educational tool for young engineers & construction managers, particularly as it relates to understanding how a CPM schedule & assembled and how the logic is developed. I encourage any of the members here at Civil4M who have not had much experience preparing schedules to download and "test drive" it - Change some durations, see how the schedule logic is developed, how changes to the criteria/data force changes the overall schedule, etc. Well done!!!
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