The Critical Path Method (CPM) is an algorithm for scheduling a set of project activities. It is an important tool for effective project management. ConceptDraw PROJECT implements this method to provide the user with a wide set of project management tools.
To display a critical path on the Gantt chart, open the View tab and check the Critical Path option in the Show/Hide section. Now you can see which tasks are most critical: the ones that add up to the longest project duration.
Pic. 1. Critical path on a Gantt chart.
ConceptDraw PROJECT automatically calculates tasks’ Early Start, Early Finish, Late Start and Late Finish dates, as well as Early Slack, and Late Slack duration. To display these values, you should customize the columns in the table part of the window. Right-click (CTRL-click on Macs without a two-button mouse) on the project data column header, in the Column Customization window, select appropriate columns and click OK.
Pic. 2. Column Customization window.
If you have a project that contains several related projects, you may need to determine their common critical path.To determine overall critical path, open the File menu and click Properties. In the Document Properties window open the Advanced tab and uncheck the Calculate independent critical path for each project option. You can also determine the slack time for tasks to be considered critical.
Pic. 3. Critical path on a Multiproject dashboard.
Video. Critical Path Method in ConceptDraw PROJECT
This template shows the Venn Diagram. It was created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and vector drawing software using the ready-to-use objects from the Business Diagrams Solution from the Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
Venn Diagrams visualize all possible logical intersections between several sets and are widely used in mathematics, logic, statistics, marketing, sociology, etc.
Picture: 3 Circle Venn Diagram. Venn Diagram Example
The Value stream is a totality of all actions on the projection, order composition and production: starting from creation a product project to launching this product, from order to delivery, from extraction of raw materials to ready product manufacturing. Value stream mapping is a process of visualization of these actions and creation of a detailed and graphical map.
Nodes of any computer network are somehow organized in a hierarchy or a layout. Some of the common layouts like star network topology are more reliable and some like ring topology withstand high loads better. It is also important to distinguish logical topologies from physical.
This diagram represents a typical view of the star network topology. The star network topology is one of the most frequently used network topologies in the majority of office and home networks. It is very popular because of its low cost and the easy maintenance. The plus of the star network topology is that if one computer on the local network is downed, this means that only the failed computer can not send or receive data. The other part of the network works normally. The minus of using star network topology is that all computers are connected to a single point-switch, or hub. Thus, if this equipment goes down, the whole local network comes down.
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