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ERIC Number: EJ1150085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1540-4595
Zero-Slack, Noncritical Paths
Simons, Jacob V., Jr.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v15 n3 p254-267 Jul 2017
The critical path method/program evaluation and review technique method of project scheduling is based on the importance of managing a project's critical path(s). Although a critical path is the longest path through a network, its location in large projects is facilitated by the computation of activity slack. However, logical fallacies in oft-repeated statements of the relationship between slack and the critical path make it easy to overlook the phenomenon of zero-slack, noncritical paths. This article points out the fallacies and then describes and illustrates the phenomenon. We conclude with teaching recommendations to avoid suboptimal decisions in reducing project duration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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