5. Narrabri to Narromine critical path

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Last week, you dipped your toes into project planning and mapped out a critical path for organising a friend’s birthday party. Now that you know how a critical path works, it’s time to up the scale: this week, you’ll translate your newfound skills to creating a critical path for the Narrabri to Narromine track project, using your Project Plan from the previous activity and the knowledge you gained this week as a reference. 

Remember, your project is a 306km route, with a rail corridor that is approximately 40 to 60m wide. Check out Inland Rail’s project fly throughs to help you visualise the project. 

Let’s get into it!

Now that we have all the information and dates to work with, it's time to start building your draft critical plan on Click-Up.

  1. Go to https://clickup.com/
  2. Log in to your account using your email
  3. Create a new workspace for the Narrabri to Narromine project by clicking on your icon in the bottom left hand corner, then clicking the '+' sign.
  4. Create a new list in this workspace, entitled 'Narromine to Narrobri Critical Path'
  5. For the purposes of this activity, consider today's date your project start date - this will give you a baseline from which to calculate the due dates for each stage of the project.
  6. Create a list of all the tasks you need to complete the project. In each task, describe what needs to be done, when it needs to be done by and who’s doing it. Hint: refer back to your Project Plan - consider how long it takes to conduct assessments; what checkpoints are included; when you'll be able to make your EIS available; and when your proposed construction date is (as hinted in the Project Plan template document earlier, and hopefully noted in your project plan, you'll need to add at least 6 months in between making your EIS available and the proposed construction date.)
  7. Remember to set start dates, and not just due dates, where needed.
  8. Add dependencies, just like you did in Week 1 when planning your birthday party. For example, your Construction Date will be dependant on your EIS launch, which will be dependent on your Survey/Assessment dates.
  9. Change your settings to Gantt view.

You can always go back to week 1 (paying close attention to 1.5 and 1.6) and refresh your memory on the steps to creating a critical path and how to use Click-Up.

When you're done, you should have a path that looks something like this (don't worry if it isn't the same! Your path will vary, depending on what tasks you included and what due dates you set.)

Remember that it's ok to take your time and experiment with the platform – you've got this, and we're always here to help!