Project Management PMP: Critical Path Primer

A Free Short Course on Critical Path Analysis
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (233 ratings)
2,845 students
53min of on-demand video
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Critical Path analysis of project network diagram
How to perform the Forward Pass through network diagram
How to perform the Backward pass through network diagram
What Total Float is and how to calculate it
What the Critical Path is and how to find it
Why the Critical Path is so important that they give it a name like Critical


  • Basic understanding of project scheduling


Are you a Project Manager or, would  you like to be?  Perhaps you are preparing for the PMP exam or trying to figure out scheduling software.  Maybe, you simply want to hang out with your new buddy, Dean Sheppard for an hour.  Whatever your excuse, this is the course for you.  Project Management: Critical Path Primer will take you on a journey - forward and backward - through this elegant and essential scheduling tool. 

You will learn:

  • What Critical Path means

  • What a Network Diagram is

  • How to create a Network Diagram

  • How to perform a forward pass through the schedule

  • How to perform a backward pass through the schedule

  • How to find the critical path that your project will follow - beginning through completion.

Your facilitator, Dean, is a PMP (Project Management Professional) and has taught thousands of students in corporations and academic institutions worldwide.  He has impressive credentials including a diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, and 3 advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - in Mechanical Engineering and System Design and Management (Sloan School of Business).

Dash Academy offers several courses in Project Management, Project Leadership, Writing and Business Communications.  If you like this course, find it easy to follow, entertaining, educational and 5 star fun, give it review.  Then send us a message and we will help you plan your personal learning path.

You may want to start with our comprehensive basics course.  "Project Management Everything for Everyone: Basics and Beyond"

Click on in.

Now, let's learn some Project Management.

-Your Dash Academy Team

Who this course is for:

  • Project managers wanting to learn more about the Critical Path Method
  • Project managers preparing for a certification exam
  • Anyone wanting to learn a little more about project schedule analysis


MIT Engineer + PMP + Tattooed Corporate Trainer
Dean A. Sheppard MEng. MSc. PMP
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 341 Reviews
  • 3,288 Students
  • 4 Courses

Hi, I'm Dean,

I'm a Project Management Professional (PMP) and corporate trainer with years of experience and heaps of education.

As a Project Manager, I have managed multi-million dollar projects in the fields of construction, IT and automotive recycling.  Before that, I went to school for a very long time. 

First, I earned a diploma in Aeronautical Engineering Technology. (AET) from SAIT

Then I went to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and they gave me:

1) A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

2) A Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

3) A Master of Science in System Design and Management (Sloan School of Business at MIT)

Finally, I completed my coursework toward a PhD in Project Management from the University of Calgary, Canada (where I still live with my wife, Tamara, and our family).

Okay, so that's the boring stuff, what I also like to do is collect and tinker with vintage and unique vehicles--presently I am restoring 3 old Porsches and have just completed a '61 Vespa and a '61 T Bird.  Recently, I took up tennis and golf (I guess that happens when you turn 50) and, when I can get away, you'll find me skiing in the Rocky Mountains or on a scuba diving vacation with my family. 

To learn more, check out our website DashAcademy .ca, join our Dash Academy FB group or find me on LinkedIn.

Enough about me, now let's learn some Project Management.

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