Critical Path Method

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Identification
Intent or purpose: 
To determine the critical path of product or service deliver of an organization or unit
Used as component of: 
This can be used as a starting point for improving a organizational process.
Recommended size of group: 
1-10
11-25
Optimal amount of time needed: 
This can take from a few minutes for a simple process to 3 or 4 hours for a more complex process.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
A Critical Path with steps on the path, relationships between steps and inputs and outputs for each step.
Level of participation: 
medium
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Resources Needed: 
Paper, markers, etc.
Procedures: 

Steps
1. Brainstorm steps or activities of a process on cards (one per card),
2. Put inputs and outputs on each card.
3. Put in sequence or flow chart showing sequence, inputs/outputs and relationships
4. Check that all steps are included and that outputs match inputs.

How flexible is the process?: 
Very when visualization of a process will enable understanding of it.
Background
Developer: 
Unknown
Derived from: 
Found in Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools" List
Selected publications: 
0515090484
References: 
Doyle, Michael and Straus, David: How to Make Meetings Work, Berkley Books, 1976, 1993, pp. 250
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