Multiple Critical Paths in MS PROJECT 2013


we all know what Critical Path means. It is path in which, if any Activity is late, the whole Project is late.

Let me show you Critical Path in MS PROJECT 2013.

First I’ll create new Project with some Tasks and dependencies between them:


I want to see Critical Path, so I will do next:


and I’ll get:


and I’ll get:


As you can see, Critical Tasks (or Activities, to be more precise) are: Task 1, Task 2, Task 3, and Task 4.

Now Imagine next situation:


As you can see, Task 6 – Task 10, they are not at the Critical Path. But what if I want to see Tasks which are at the, so called, “Critical Path” in this particular Branch? I will do next:




and then:


Finally I’ll get:


Now I have two Critical paths!

I seem a confuse a little bit because with this option, if it is turned on, the late finished date for tasks with no constraints or no successors are set to their early finished date, so they are Critical!

My suggestion is: Do not use this option! I’m tracking only one Critical Path, the real one!



About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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