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
Diagrams are a very important part of modern life. With the help of flow diagram software, a lot of companies can promote their ideas at the market. Its usefulness is totally doubtless.
This is a flow chart of the invoice payment flow. This flowchart details decrypts all stages of the process of obtaining and paying bills. It is a description of the universal process - such steps performs accounting departments of almost any organization. Since every business no matter what it does is a consumer of some goods or services. The given flow chart was made using ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software and the Diagrams solution for making flowcharts of any kind.
There are many ways to describe a database structure. One of the most usual is to draw an entity relationship diagram (ERD) using a Crow’s Foot notation to represent database elements. If you don’t want to draw it on paper, you should use an appropriate software.
An entity-relationship (ER) diagram is used to show the structure of a business database. ERD represents data as objects (entities) that are connected with standard relationships symbols which Illustrate an association between entities. ERD, there is a wide range of ERD notations used by data bases architects for reflecting the relationships between the data entities. According to the crow’s foot notation relationships are drawn as single labeled lines designating a certain kinds of relationship. Crow foot notation is a most frequently used ERD standard, because of improved readability of diagrams, with a more accurate use of space on the page.
Picture: Entity Relationship Diagram - ERD - Software for Design Crows Foot ER Diagrams
Describing a workflow or approval process can take hours and be too complicated, especially since there are options to do it quickly and vividly. Diagrams called flowcharts replace long paragraphs of boring text and represent information in a graphic way. You can draw one on paper or you can use flowchart software to do it quickly and scalable. This kind of software is easy to use and you don’t need any special skills to start using it. In addition, there are a lot examples and predesigned templates on the Internet.
Flowcharts are a best tool for staking out a huge and complex process into some small readable parts. Surely, flowcharts can be drawn manually but the use of standard symbols that make it clear for a wide audience makes a software tool preferred for this task. The core for a successful flowchart is its simplicity. That is why often before beginning making flowchart through software, people draw the sketch on a piece of paper. Designing an effective flowchart means the combination of the data needed to be shown and the simplicity with which you depict it.
Electrical plan is a document that is developed during the first stage of the building design. This scheme is composed of conventional images or symbols of components that operate by means of electric energy. To simplify the creation of these schemes you can use house electrical plan software, which will not require a long additional training to understand how to use it. You only need to install the necessary software ant it’s libraries and you’ll have one less problem during the building projection.
Any building contains a number of electrical systems, including switches, fixtures, outlets and other lightening equipment. All these should be depicted in a building electrical plans and included to general building documentation. This home electrical plan displays electrical and telecommunication devices placed to a home floor plan. On the plan, each electrical device is referenced with the proper symbol. Electrical symbols are used for universal recognition of the building plan by different persons who will be working on the construction. Not all possible electric symbols used on a certain plan, so the symbols used in the current home plan are included to a legend. The electrical home plan may be added as a separate document to a complete set of building plans.
Picture: How To use House Electrical Plan Software
There are plenty of diagramming tools, the question is to choose the most suitable for your needs. For example, you can choose ConceptDraw DIAGRAM as organizational chart software and get fascinating results in a few minutes. An orgchart is useful for any corporation.
This is an example of a hierarchical organization scheme of the company. It has tree-like structure. Each middle manager is subordinated to a few employees, and he is accountable to one of the top managers. Every type of organizational composition of businesses may be presented in the view of an organizational chart that is supported by ConceptDraw Organisational Charts solution. There are number of ways of building a structure of business organization, establishing how it should function.
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Specification and Description Language (SDL) is used for creating the object-oriented diagrams, visualizing the processes of the state machines for the systems of communication, telecommunication, automotive, aviation and medical industries. SDL is a specification language for creating specifications, descriptions of the behavior, data, and inheritance for real-time systems.
This sample shows the SDL Diagram of the process game.
Working with personnel might be difficult if you are not prepared enough. To explain your workers all the details of communication with customers, you can draw an order process flowchart which will describe every step of the process and answer all the questions that might appear. You can view a lot of business process mapping diagram examples here, in ConceptDraw Solution Park.
This business process flow chart is created to illustrate the sample work order process. Before an organization can make some work for a person, the customer work order request must be completed. It is needed for tracking and accountability objectives. We used this business process flowchart to show a certain tasks and actions assumed by an organization. This flowchart depicts the outside inputs that are needed to launch a process, and ways the organization delivers its outputs. This business process flowchart was created with a help of ConceptDraw Business Process Mapping solution.
Picture: Work Order Process Flowchart. Business Process Mapping Examples
Data processing can be very complex sometimes. If you are interested in facilitating your work with data, it’s time to learn how to draw flowcharts with special software or using just a piece of paper. The list of flowchart basic symbols includes rectangles, diamond, ellipses etc. and is used to represent processes, actions, decisions or data processing.
A well-done flowchart bring the clearness of the sequence of a process stages. There are number of symbols that can be used in flow charts to show various sorts of steps. The basic flowchart can be created using a few of them: Process, Decision, Start/Finish. A basic element of a flowchart represents a simple action and looks like a box, that contains a description of the action. The depicting of actions sequence is made with arrows between corresponding action boxes, as you can see on the sample diagram. Also it shows the symbols for flowchart start and finish steps. ConceptDraw Flowcharts solution provides the ability to build basic flow charts as well as the ones of any size and complexity with a minimum of actions.