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1. What is the definition of the critical path?
The critical path represents all the milestones that have a predecessor/successor relationship.
The critical path is all tasks marked with the color red in the Gantt chart view.
The critical path represents the tasks that will take the longest time to complete the project. You can also think of the critical path as the shortest amount of time the project can possibly be done.
2. What is user-controlled scheduling?
User-controlled scheduling allows you to type any duration, start, or finish date you want to avoid the scheduling engine from calculating a critical path.
User-controlled scheduling refers to changing the calendars for resources so they have to work on certain dates.
User-controlled scheduling refers to manually controlled tasks.
3. Is it an industry best practice to use user-controlled scheduling?
It does not matter because Microsoft Project has a scheduling engine that will always calculate the critical path.
You should avoid using user-controlled scheduling because Microsoft Project’s scheduling engine is a feature you should embrace, rather than manually managing dates in your project.
Project managers new to Microsoft Project should use user-controlled scheduling.
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