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MSP will always calculate a critical path for you if you are using automatic (not manual) scheduling.
You can see it visually using the Tracking Gantt view.
Let me know if I have misinterpreted your question?
Hi Rachel, in the Project Information box there is an option to Schedule from Project Finish Date. I'm not all that familiar with it but I understand if you set that then add all your tasks with durations and dependencies as usual it should schedule the project backwards from your end date. If you use the critical path feature that will also highlight the tasks that are involved in that overall duration
I appreciate you help!
Thank you for your help. It is good to know that if I use manual scheduling the critical path function will not work.
I would strongly recommend against backward scheduling (scheduling from the finish date) if you are not an absolute expert. Toggling that option can impose some changes that require some effort to undo. Your question implies you are a beginner, so I think Kiron has given the best advice. Good luck, tom
My project has hard deadlines and dependencies. So I was going to try and see the longest each task could possibly take within the set deadlines.
The issue with hard deadlines and constraints is that the software's dynamic scheduling ability is "disabled" such that it creates other issues, and as Thomas has pointed out, unless you are an expert, you really won't understand what is going on.
Free Slack tells you how much a task can slip before delaying a successor, and Total Slack tells you how much a task can slip before delaying the project or violating a deadline or late constraint. Total Slack is shared among all the tasks on a given logic path, so be careful not to give it away early. If total slack is negative, then at least one deadline is going to be missed. Good luck, tom
You should check for activities with Open End, they will not be considered in your end date.
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