Even the most advanced and well-planned process or product has its fair share of pros and cons. The critical path method is no exception. In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of critical path method.
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CPM Impacts the Project Schedule
The Critical Path Method (CPM) helps you identify the most important activities, which can impact the project schedule. As such, this method is useful in creating project schedules and managing high-risk activities on the critical path. Even the most well thought-through process will inevitably have some disadvantages - critical path method is no exception!
Let’s explore the pros and cons of critical path method.
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Looking at the Pros
There are many pros of using the critical path method during project planning and execution. The critical path method:
For large and complex projects, it is best to use specialized software. This software helps generates data, such as activity float, automatically for you. Next, let’s take a look at some Critical Path Method disadvantages.
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Being Aware of the Cons
There aren't many disadvantages to the Critical Path Method. Mentioned below are the cons of the Critical Path Method.
For large and complex projects, there’ll be thousands of activities and dependency relationships. Without software it can be mighty difficult managing this. To make matters worse, if the plan changes during project execution then the precedence diagram will have to be redrawn. Fortunately, we do have relatively cheap software that can handle this with ease.
One of the advantages of drawing a project precedence diagram is that you can print and stick in the project area. The precedence diagram enables the team to stay focused on project activities. Project team members are always cognizant of the critical path since it is visible everyday. However, for large projects with thousands of activities, it may be difficult to print the project network diagram. You would most definitely need a plotter.