The sum of the work periods by which a task can be delayed without delaying project completion. A commonly used calculation fot total float is: 'late finish - early start - duration +1' (one extra time unit is added because the start and finish dates are inclusive).
The amount of time that an activity can be delayed from its early start without delaying the project finish date. Total float is a mathematical calculation and can change as the project progresses and changes are made to the project plan. Also called "float," "slack," and "path float." See also free float. Work breakdown structure (WBS) A deliverable-oriented grouping of project elements that organizes and defines the total scope of the project. Each descending level represents an increasingly detailed definition of a project component. Project components can be products or services. Work packages A deliverable at the lowest level of the work breakdown structure. A work package can be divided into activities.
time by which an activity may be delayed or extended without affecting the total project duration (or violating a target finish date).
("TF") The maximum number of work period s by which an activity can be delay ed without delay ing project completion or violating a target finish date. [D02069] WST The amount that an activity can be lengthened without delay ing the project completion, assuming that all other activities are done in their normal time. [D02068] CCCP See also Float. [D02070] The amount of time (in work units) that an activity may be delay ed from its early start without delay ing the project finish date. Total float is equal to the late finish or the late start minus the early start of the activity. [D02071] PMK87 The excess time available for an activity to be expanded or delay ed without affect ing the rest of the project - assuming it begins at its earliest time. It is calculated using the following formula: Total Float = Latest Finish - Earliest Start- Duration. [D03616] PMST
In project management, the length of time an activity can be late without delaying succeeding activities. See: float, free float, independent float.