Critical Path Analysis

Host: University of Derby

Location: Online

Cost: FREE


Wednesday, 15th September 2021 at 10:00am - 12:00pm

What is the workshop about?

Critical Path Analysis (CPA) is a fundamental part of project planning, giving you a graphical view of your project and helping you to identify the most important tasks that need to be managed.

CPA can reduce the overall time of a project by comparing a planned workflow with actual progress, but perhaps most importantly it shows the interdependency of tasks. A delay in task A, for example, will also delay tasks X,Y and Z.

What will I learn?

This two-part workshop will provide you with the tools and techniques to understand how to identify and plan your project tasks and interdependencies, helping you save your organisation both time and money. 

The first session takes place on 15 September and the second on 22 September. Both sessions will take place between 10:00 and 12:00.

Session 1: Overview of the CPA method

This session will provide you with an overview of critical path analysis methods along with practical examples. You will learn how to identify the sequence of crucial and interdependent steps that comprise a work plan from start to finish. You will also learn how to identify non-critical tasks which although important, will not hold up any of the other tasks that could jeopardize the project if they hit an unexpected snag.

Session 2: Using Microsoft Project

Here you will learn the practical tools available to you to create a visual overview of your project. Microsoft Project will help make the process much easier, allowing you to track and amend your work plan throughout the duration of the project. You will be shown step by step how to use the software so that you are able to implement your learning straight away.

Is my organisation eligible to participate?

To participate, you must work for an organisation that meets the following funding criteria:

  • Part of the automotive, aerospace or rail sector supply chains (not however part of the financial services sector)
  • Based in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire
  • Fewer than 250 employees
  • No more than 25 per cent owned by a large company (i.e. a company that is not an SME)
  • Turnover of less than 50 million euros and/or annual balance sheet less than 49 million euros
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