Did you know that 57% of projects fail because of a “breakdown in communications?” Want a gorgeous visual representation of your project’s progress that can help alleviate a host of communications-related issues that could derail your project?
Gantt charts are your welcome.
Gantt charts are bar graphs that show how much work is needed in specific time periods. These charts are used to visualise a project’s schedule.
Although the Gantt chart was first created in Poland by Karol Adamiecki, in the early 20th century it was named after Henry Gantt, an American engineer who popularized the chart in the West. Colonel John T. Thompson, the inventor of the Thompson submachine gun was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 1918 for his “exceptionally meritorious” and conspicuous services in the design and production small arms. He also wrote Henry Gantt a note acknowledging the Gantt chart’s role in his success, “A large part of this reward for the accomplishment a great war task, is due to H.L Gantt or his assistants.” My compass was the Gantt general control and production chart.
Over time, professionals modified the Gantt chart to what we use today. Despite being frequently called upon to manage large construction projects (such the Hoover Dam), Gantt charts were quickly adapted to all industries, especially those that have deadlines, shifts and complex production processes.
How does it work?
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Gantt charts visually show what tasks must be completed at which point in the project to make it move forward. A Gantt chart is useless without well-thought-out information. Project managers must identify the essential tasks of the project. What is required to make the project “finished”?
Next, project managers must determine how tasks relate to one another. Tasks can be either sequential (each task must be completed before the next one starts) or parallel (each task can run simultaneously). Project managers should schedule as many parallel tasks possible to optimize delivery times.
Draw your charts. Make sure to create an x-axis that includes dates and a task order y-axis. The final product should look similar to descending stairs.
Are there tools that can help you create Gantt charts.
Gantt charts can be drawn manually by busy project managers. There are many project management software options available that can help project managers create, share, and organize Gantt charts among their teams. These are four options that project managers should consider when using Gantt charts for organizing their projects.
These four options were chosen for their Gantt functionality. With all four of them it is clear that Gantt was not an add-on but a cornerstone in product development. These four options represent the full range of Gantt project management software, from enterprise systems to open-source and free.
Microsoft Office says that the Gantt Chart view is the most popular view in Microsoft Office Project 2007. This popular tool provides a Gantt chart wizard to assist new project managers in creating their charts. Microsoft Project is a robust program that can be scaled to any size company. These Microsoft Project alternatives may be a good choice if you are looking for software solutions that offer similar features.
Get free project management software Gantter is a cloud-based project management software that integrates with many Google apps, including Google Drive. Gantter does not offer many features, including collaboration. This app is best used for charting purposes. Looking for products