"For me, the biggest advantage of the critical path method is that it makes risk assessment easy. If I’ve got dependencies laid out and plans change, it’s very easy to say, 'Because you missed that deadline, the next deliverable is going to be late by X days, and that puts us beyond our plan by Y days.' Simple. That said, I don’t think you have to fully adopt a method like critical path to do this on projects. It’s best to adopt the parts of any method that work for your project and your team—being adaptable as a PM will help you find true success."