**Critical Incident Point and Critical Path Analysis**Syed Arifulla MBA, PMP, Prince2, Project Manager, United Kingdom

**Critical Incident Point** is a point in your project life cycle which forces you to make a critical decision or tough choices related to functionality, budget, schedule or resource

However it is noteworthy to comprehend that the critical incident point can be:

- An aspect that is favorable for the project execution, making it go very well.

- An aspect that is unfavorable for the project, causing an overschedule or failure.

**Critical Path Analysis** is the graph that represents the activities with their interrelated dependencies

A(2)-------------------->D(5)---->E(2)

A(2)---->B(2)---->C(2)--->E(2)

So there are 2 paths

1. ADE(9 days) is the critical path

2. ABCE(8 days) is the non critical path.

Scenario 1

Lets assume there is a positive critical incident that occurs in ADE(9 days) critical path.

And D is now done in 3 days so ADE(7 days) now becomes non-critical and ABCE(8 days) becomes the new critical path

Scenario 2

Lets assume there is a negative critical incident in ABCE(8 days).

And C is done in 4 days so ABCE(10 days) becomes the new critical path.