Critical Path Highlights Tasks Which Influence Project End Date

Length:2 minutes
Author:Lukáš Beňa
The critical path is an important project management methodology that has been developed already in the late 1950s as an effective solution to identify critical tasks (issues) of a project.

Thanks to this feature, you always know which tasks in need to focus on in order to keep up with the project schedule without any delays. How to recognize such critical tasks? The tasks on the Critical path are the tasks that enable the shortest (or fastest) possible way of completing the project on time.

Also, it shows the shortest time in which the project can be completed. In other words, when a non-critical task is delayed, the project can still be finished on time, but when a critical task is delayed for a day, the entire project will be delayed for a day too, unless the activity following the delayed activity is completed a day earlier.

The critical path in Easy Project Gantt

The need for task relations

It's given by various dependencies between tasks when some tasks can start immediately while other tasks need to wait until their dependent predecessors are completed.

In Easy Project, there is an additional reversed option of Critical path which shows the longest way instead of the shortest one. Or you can disable it completely in Gantt options which are available at the global level  Easy Gantt as shown below.

The critical path can be simply displayed using the Easy Gantt plugin on the project level. Just open a project with the Easy Gantt module enabled, go to the module, and there you will find the Critical path button in the top-right menu.

The related tasks on the critical path are selected based on your critical path settings and displayed in the violet color as shown in the below animation. For proper function of a critical path, the project should have just 1 starting and 1 ending task and the tasks (issues) should be connected with relations.

By clicking on the Filter critical button, only tasks on the critical task will be displayed while others will be hidden.

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