When you are put in charge of a project at your company, it means that you are in charge of how the project is managed and how the different departments within the company are going to work on it. Not only are you managing the big picture, but you have to ensure that every employee knows their role. If you are not used to such responsibility, you may feel as though a huge burden has been placed on you. But we do not think that you need to look at the matter this way.
What you need to understand is that by using the critical path definition, you will have a much easier time keeping everything squared away. What you are going to want to do is figure out how your project is getting split up into different tasks, and how long it will take to complete each task. The critical path is the sequence of the different project tasks that are needing to get done. When all those tasks get put together, it means the project is done. This set of tasks also lets you know how long it will take to get everything done.
For instance, if you have a project and you have 30 days to get it done, you will need to manage your time and resources in the right way. The first step is to sit down with everyone and come up with a list of all the tasks that are involved. Split the project into five or six tasks, and then you can always split those tasks up into smaller bits within each department or group of employees. But the major tasks that you have come up with you will need to know how long each one of them takes.
Only when you have a clear idea about the length of each task will you have any clue about how long the project is going to take. What you are going to want to do is set a time frame for each task, and give yourself a few days of breathing room, and then you will have your final timeline. Let us say that you need the project done in 30 days. We would say that you split up the tasks in a way that you are getting everything done within 25 or 26 days. Why? Because then you will have four to five extra days that you can use when needed.
Even if you have everything mapped out, it does not mean that you are immune from everything taking longer than you had expected. That is why you are going to want to have those extra days. If one team takes longer than you expected, or there is trouble with one task, then you will have those extra days on your side. You can take a bit longer with one or two tasks, and you will still get things done before the deadline. But this type of planning is the only way that you can efficiently get tasks done in a professional environment.