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Forward and Backward pass in Network Diagram, critical path, float/slack time

Forward and Backward pass in Network Diagram, critical path, float/slack time

What is the critical path?

A critical path is a path with least amount of slack/float time.

What is float/slack time?

Float/Slack time is the time that an activity can be delayed without delaying the project.

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When we complete the project through critical path, then it is the longest path as compared to other paths. If any activity is late in the critical path, then it delays all the project. So we need to take care of critical path.

Early Finish = Early Start + Duration

Late Start = Late Finish – Duration

Float/Slack Time = Late Start – Early Start

ActivityPredecessorDuration
A3
 BA4
 CA2
DB5
EC1
FC2
GD,E4
HF,G3
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Figure 1: Predecessor activities and parent activities
Early StartDuration of activity/taskEarly Finish
Activity/Task
Late StartDuration of activity/taskLate Finish
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Figure 2: forward pass in software project management

 

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Figure 3: backward pass in software project management
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