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What is a non-critical path in project management?

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I know about the critical path and what it really is (the shortest duration to finish the project), but I could've sworn that I saw an article the other day mentioning "the non-critical path" (I can't find the article again).

Is there something called the non-critical path? And if yes, what is it? And what's the difference between the critical path and the non-critical path.
asked 4 years ago by anonymous

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Let me clarify the critical path. It is the longest path and and not the shortest. Because it is the longest duration/path, hence none of the activity on the critical path can afford to have any slack.

All other path which can have certain degree of slack are non critical path.
answered 4 years ago by anonymous
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The non-critical path(s) are a series of activities (paths) that can be slipped to a certain degree without threatening the completion date of the overall project.  In other words, they have slack, whereas the critical path doesn't.
answered 4 years ago by anonymous

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