Gant Charts are very commonly used in project management, to give an overview of the timeline of a project and how each task would affect the overall project timeline if changed.
Some of the advantages from Gant Charts that will make the project run smoother are seen below.
- It gives a clear visual picture of the overall project timeline
- It clearly show in which order the tasks should be completed
- Status can constantly be monitored as you clearly can see where you are and where you should be.
- The dependencies between tasks are clearly defined, so it gives immediate information on how changing a task would affect the project timeline.
Creating Gant Charts
There are several programs available to create Gant Charts, some of the most common ones are Microsoft Project, Visio and Excel.
Benefits of Gant Charts
There are several benefits of using Gant Charts, some of them can be seen below.
- Clarity: One of the biggest benefits is its ability to combine multiple tasks in one document, and present them in a simple visual display.
- Communication: They can be used to clearly communicate a project plan or its status.
- Coordination: Gant Charts are great for coordination of resources. When people are assigned to tasks, they give a good indication of each person’s workload.
- Management: It gives project managers a better overview of the project by visualising all the tasks. This also makes amendments easier and less time consuming.
- Responsibility: People responsible for the tasks tend to put an extra effort into getting tasks done on time or before deadline, as peoples success or failures become very visible at project reviews.
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