Critical Path Analysis

Sequencing of Activities and Identifying Dependencies

Critical Path Analysis (CPA) is a project management technique that requires mapping out every key task that is necessary to complete a project. Also known as the Critical Path Method, CPA is used to set a realistic deadline for a project and to track its progress along the way.

In project management, a critical path is the sequence of dependent tasks that form the longest duration, allowing you to determine the most efficient timeline possible to complete a project.

  • The KEY – Letter refers to project activity, e.g. P Preparatory Phase
  • Top number –  time (months) taken for that activity
  • Bottom number –  month number when activity ends, e.g. M lasts for two months and ends in Month 5.
We have come to the end of this learning journey. A journey which has included sources of possible funding; improving your effectiveness of writing bids and/ or tenders and some useful tools to help you make up your mind about whether to make an application or not! We hope you have found this module useful and we wish you successful bidding and tendering in the future.