Critical Path Method

The Critical Path Method (CPM) is a project management technique used to identify the sequence of crucial tasks that must be completed on time for the entire project to be finished on schedule. It involves mapping out every task necessary to complete the project, identifying dependencies between tasks, and calculating the longest path of dependencies (the critical path). This path determines the shortest possible duration for the project. Managing the tasks on the critical path is vital for minimising delays and ensuring timely project completion. CPM is widely used for planning and scheduling complex construction projects, allowing managers to allocate resources efficiently and anticipate potential bottlenecks.