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English definition of “critical path method”

critical path method

noun [C or U]
 
 
(abbreviation CPM, also critical path analysis, abbreviation CPA) MANAGEMENT
a method of planning in what order tasks need to be done in a particular project, so that it can be finished successfully in the least amount of time: Various computer programs are available to help project managers use the critical path method. Critical path analysis can shed considerable light on the causes of delays.
(Definition of critical path method from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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