8. Network and Float

The project network acts as a logical representation of the project for planning purposes. The technique for analyzing the network is called the critical path method, although it has as much to do with the noncritical activities as it does with the critical ones. Critical path analysis is admirably suited for complex projects, ranging from physical construction to software systems, and it has a decades-long proven track record of success. By performing this analysis, you find the project duration and determine where and when to assign your resources.

Because the project network is so instrumental to project design, this chapter expands on a few of the concepts that were introduced in Chapter 7, in the project design overview. ...

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