A Gantt chart is a type of bar chart that is used to illustrate any activity schedule. This chart lists the tasks to be performed on the vertical axis, and time intervals on the horizontal axis. The width of the horizontal bars in the graph shows the duration of each activity. Gantt charts illustrate the start and finish dates of the activities and also of summary activities (referred as hammock activity) of a project. Modern Gantt charts also show the dependency (i.e., precedence network with arrow) relationships between activities. Gantt charts can also be used to show current schedule status using percent-complete shadings in the form of a “tracking gantt” chart.
This scheduling technique was devised by an engineer L Henry Gantt in 1917. The Gantt charts can be drawn manually if they are simple ones, and one can use software packages such as Microsoft Project or even Excel to create more complex Gantt charts. The vertical axis will show all the tasks and the horizontal axis will show the timeline of tasks split either in days or weeks or months or quarters or even in hours depending upon the length and duration of the project.
Gantt charts are widely used in project scheduling. Gantt charts are very easy to read and follow in comparison to the traditional network diagrams.
We should take the following steps to create a Gantt chart schedule.
Here are five reasons why you should use Gantt charts in project management:
Gantt charts are very useful tool for scheduling and have become one of the most popular methods for showing project schedules. It is very easy to read and understand. Various software packages are available to draw a schedule using Gantt chart.
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