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Why should I use Dependencies in Project Plan?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, March 11, 2013, In : Gantt Chart Excel 
Whether you are using Chart Gantt Excel or another project planning tool, it is critical that you use task dependencies, to improve reporting and delivery.

Planning a project with dependencies takes a little more time upfront than planning without dependencies, however the time investment will pay off significantly once you move into the deliver phase of your project.

So what are project dependencies?

Dependencies are effectively relationships between your project tasks.  There are 4 primary typ...
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3 Tips on Creating a reporting engine for your Excel Gantt Chart

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Gantt Chart Excel 
Many users start building their excel gantt charts using conditional formatting as shown on a range of videos on youtube etc.

One of the key issues with this approach is that they tend to use the gantt chart as both an input and a reporting engine.  Ie.  The user inputs tasks, resources and dates, and the system just outputs a project plan or gantt chart.

There are three primary reports that should be a key function of any gantt chart, whether created in excel or a proprietary planning package....
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Gantt Chart Excel Reporting

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, In : Gantt Chart Excel 
Chart gantt is taking it's products to the next level with a range of Excel gantt chart templates with reporting.  After initial discussions with our existing clients, we realise that reporting and navigation are key features that many clients are looking for.

A number of existing customers have built their own reporting engines onto their existing gantt charts (Chart Gantt Basic, Dependent, Effort and Cost, or Ulitmate).

Research has indicated that there are 3 primary Excel Gantt Chart reports...
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Why Should I use Excel to create my next Gantt Chart?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, June 4, 2012, In : Gantt Chart Excel 

Organisations large and small are turning to the power and flexibility of Excel to better manage and control their project activity.  Even a few short years ago, it would have been unthinkable that NASA would be using Excel Rather than structured an proprietary software such as Microsoft project in some areas.  The power of excel is only now being realised by many.  These powers relate to the flexibility offered.  Users are able to leverage their existing knowledge of Excel and apply it to th...


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