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Critical Path

Project management involves multiple activities which are tightly dependent on each other. These dependencies lead to strict deadlines failing which the project falls behind schedule. Zoho Projects displays the critical path of the project, which is the longest stretch of dependent activities in a project. These activities or tasks cannot be delayed without delaying the overall project. Identifying critical path lets you effectively devote time and resources to such tasks.
Feature Availability: Enterprise plan

Benefits of Critical Path

  1. Identify activities that require more focus. Delay in these activities can throw projects off-track
  2. Determine activities that can be completed in a shorter time (crashing) and reduce project duration
  3. Use the critical path timeline as a benchmark and measure the actual progress against it
  4. Track multiple critical paths if available
  5. Identify non-critical activities and economize resources

All you need to do is create tasks, set duration, and establish task dependencies. Zoho Projects gives a visual representation of the critical path on a Gantt chart. You can also view non-critical activities and their slack time be hovering over the activity.

Critical Path in Zoho Projects

Constructing a house involves numerous tasks which are dependent on each other. Considering a broad level list of tasks, let's see how Zoho Projects displays the critical path for the below schedule.


The critical path of the project is highlighted in red. Non-critical tasks are shown in blue. The dotted line denotes the slack for non-critical tasks.



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                                                                                    • Related Articles

                                                                                    • What is critical path?

                                                                                      A critical path is the longest sequence of activities in Zoho Projects. These activities have to be completed on time for a project to stay on track. Project Managers can use critical path to identify critical tasks and allocate resources ...
                                                                                    • Is critical path available in all plans of Zoho Projects?

                                                                                      Critical path feature is available in the user based Enterprise plan of Zoho Projects.
                                                                                    • How can I view critical path on the Gantt chart?

                                                                                      Critical path can be viewed in the Chronology and Milestone Gantt. Navigate to a project. Select Gantt & Reports and select Gantt Chart. Click in the upper right corner. Toggle Critical Path and Slack to view them on the Gantt Chart.
                                                                                    • How does dependency across projects affect the critical path?

                                                                                      The critical path is based on the order of the tasks. The dependencies represent the relationship between tasks. For example, if Task B is a critical task and is dependent on Task A, the start or the finish date of task A has to be met before ...
                                                                                    • Is critical path user centric or applicable to the whole project?

                                                                                      Critical path applies to the whole project. The critical tasks are those tasks in a project whose deadlines cannot be extended without disrupting the project's schedule. These are not user-specific and are applicable for the entire project and for ...
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