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5 reasons a Gantt Chart can help improve your project planning

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Gantt Chart for Management Vs Gantt Chart for Planning 

Gantt Chart Reason#1: Finally you can see what you are doing!
Looking at a column of start and finish dates for tasks, is the primary alternative to using a
Gantt Chart.    Each row of your plan requires you to think about the dates, and position those dates in the context of preceding and dependent tasks.  This thought process, attempting to visualize your dates in your head, takes valuable thinking time, and more importantly can only be performed effectively on one or two tasks at once. A Ga...


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5 Reasons you should create your next Gantt Chart in Excel and Not Project

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Gantt Chart for Management Vs Gantt Chart for Planning 

Gantt Chart Reason#1: More Control

Using excel gives you more control over the gantt chart creation process.  It provides you with the freedom to control key planning variables as you see fit.  For example if you would like to convert 8 hours, or 7.5 hours into one day, it is straight forward to do with a simple formula.  If you would rather plan in minutes, you can do this too.  Whilst structured planning tools such as MS Project do have a place, experience suggests that for an experience...


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5 Tips on Planning with A Gantt Chart

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, September 1, 2010,

Gantt Chart Reason#1: Put aside distractions and focus on your plan

Planning requires deep concentration.  Try to avoid getting distracted during your planning time.  Perhaps try working from home for a day, or lock yourself in the boardroom with “busy” posted on the door.  The level of concentration and analysis you can put into your plan upfront will pay significant dividends down the track.  Usually the creation of a gantt chart involves the expenditure of cash or resources on a ser...


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Using Excel a new level of flexibility in gantt chart planning

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, September 1, 2010,

Contrary to the beliefs of the main gantt chart software packages, every project and every plan has its own special requirements.

Some project plans may require you to measure and manage effort for billing purposes.  Other plans may need minute based planning.  There are so many different requirements of project planning that it is difficult to build these into a single gantt chart tool.

This is where MS Excel has some very substantial advantages in preparing gantt charts.  The major, and o...


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How Dependencies save you time when planning and managing your gantt chart.

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : Gantt Chart for Management Vs Gantt Chart for Planning 
 

A gantt chart is a visual representation of time that enables simple and effective project planning.  A particularly useful feature of leading gantt chart solutions is the ability to create dependencies between tasks.  There are 4 types of dependencies that can be created.  Finish to start, Start to Start, Start to Finish and Finish to Finish.  Leading project management software and gantt chart creation templates in excel can incorporate the use of dependencies.

Dependencies are particul...


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