Sensitive and Insensitive Project Schedules

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Sensitive and Insensitive Project Schedules
Syed Arifulla MBA, PMP, Prince2, Project Manager, United Kingdom

Critical Path Methodology plays a vital role in network sensitivity. The final CPA chart reveals the number of critical paths possible in a project. There can be one critical path or multiple critical paths in a project.
A project schedule is determined to be SENSITIVE if the critical path will change or is affected during project execution. If your project schedule has multiple critical paths, then your project schedule is considered sensitive.
If your project schedule only has one critical path and there is slack among the various tasks, then your project schedule is considered INSENSITIVE.
The sensitivity of the project schedule is an important measure of the Project Complexity. The increase in sensitivity of the project schedule increases the project complexity. Monitoring and control of the critical paths is an essential task of the project manager as a measure of early warning indicators in case of an unpleasant consequence during the execution of complex projects.



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