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How to use critical path method with Lucidchart
Select a project network diagram template or start from scratch
Start your diagram with a template or use default flowchart shapes to visualize your critical path from scratch.
Add project milestones and connect them in sequential order
Add individual project milestones to your timeline in the order they occur. Use arrows to indicate the activity connecting each milestone.
Specify the estimated time for each activity
When activities and milestones are in proper order, go back to each activity (arrow) and designate the estimated time it should take to complete the activity, usually by the number of days.
Determine the critical path and adjust
Evaluate your estimated completion dates for each individual task and determine the critical path that leads to project completion. Consider paths that show the longest durations or the longest sequence of activities.
Update the critical paths as needed and share
Make adjustments to your critical path as needed to improve completion times or include new info as it emerges. When you have a realistic view of the project due date, share your CPM chart with stakeholders to ensure accuracy and universal understanding of expectations.