Table of Contents: When is the Critical Path Not the Most Criitical Path

Defining Path, Critical, and Critical Path

  • Defining the Term, Path
    • Definitional Criteria for the Term, Path
    • Where Does an Activity Path Start and End?
    • Defining an Activity Path’s Secondary Terminology
      • Defining the Term, Activity
      • Defining the Term, Series of Activities
      • Defining the Term, Open End Condition
      • Defining the Terms, Path Start, Path Finish, and Path Ends
  • Defining the Term, Critical
    • “Critical” Must Mean More than Just Important or Essential
    • “Critical” as Used is a Conparative Term
    • Criticality: A Chicken or Egg Question
    • Criticality Must Be Objectively, Not Subjectively, Derived
    • Critical … to What?
    • Definitional Criteria for the Term, Path
  • Defining the Term, Critical Path
    • Why Urgency is Not a Comparative Value
    • No Silver Bullet: Rarely Just One Critical Path
    • Definitional Criteria for the Term, Critical Path

A New Paradigm for Ranking Path Urgency

  • Two Additional Definitional Criteria
    • Singular Modifier is Inadequate
    • Each Finish Date Constraint Has a Set of Affecting Paths
  • Putting the Two Innovative Concepts Together
    • Introducing the Monitored Paths Ranking System
  • Solving the “Critical Path” Definition Problem
    • Advantages of Using the Monitored Paths Ranking System
    • Example of Using the Monitored Paths Ranking System
  • Conclusion

Definitions of Terms Used in this White Paper