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How to plan a project with a Gantt chart!

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, February 7, 2013, In : project planning 
Planning a project the first time can be daunting. Many first time project managers are unsure where to start. A Gantt Chart can provide a great starting point for visualising your project and managing it in a more effective manner.

One of the first things to do when planning your project is to consider the task hierarchy. A task hierarchy enables you to quickly and easily navigate through your project and understand an overview of the project at a higher level.  A task heirarchy is simply p...


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4 Steps to Successful Project Establishment

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, January 3, 2013, In : project planning 

 

Summary

Nearly all projects that go off the rails (over 80%) usually go off the rails in the early planning and team formation stages. This article explores 5 key tips for structuring your project correctly to give it the best chance of delivering advantageous outcomes.

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Whilst it's not possible to guarantee project attainment, there are a number of things you can do from the very start of your project that will promote your chances considerably.

Step 1 - Get Active - Expression is tough wor...


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4 Tips on Running Better Projects Using Chart Gantt

Posted by Marcus Shane on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : project planning 
Abstract
A must read article for all Business Owners interested in smoothly running great Projects.  Once a company achieves a reasonable level of growth and size, projects become an inevitable part of running a business.  Many business owners do run projects, but those that don't are usually focused on managing via the rear view mirror, rather than looking forward.  There a some project owners that choose to establish and run projects on an annual basis. Whilst this may be effective for large...

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Project Management Alternatives to Working With MS Project

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : project planning 
NASA is now using MS Excel alternatively to MS Project in some divisions.  Read on to comprehend more.  MS Project has long been a harbinger in project management, however many project managers are now discovering that MS Project limits the flexibility and control they have over the planning process. Many project managers are confused by the way in which MS Project calculate efforts or as MS Project refers to it as work. The relationship between work and duration is somewhat confused in MS Pr...

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Why should Business Founders Spend The Time To Plan?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : project planning 
Authored By:  MARCUS TARRANT,  Managing Director,  Chartgantt.com

Abstract

A must read article for all Business Owners. Project Plans  Business Owners or founders are often time poor, and are multi-tasking, juggling many balls in the air at once. Project planning one of the leading ways to accelerate all the balls without letting any of them fall.  Most owners are very operationally focused, and cannot afford the time to plan the day, led alone the next week, month or year.  Once business manag...


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4 Tips on Project Planning in Excel

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, In : project planning 

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A must read article for all Project Managers. Project Planning in Excel  Many project managers have tried using MS Project and other proprietary tools, but often find the way these systems operate imposes severe restrictions on the way they plan and manage projects  Many project managers are not aware that Excel based project planning exists.  They do not fully understand the immense graphic capabilities that Excel offers, enabling the simple creation of gantt and pert charts.  T...


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Using Excel for Project Planning

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, June 27, 2011, In : project planning 
Planning your project is easier with excel based gantt charts.

Using a proprietary project planning package means that you are locked in to the developers way of thinking.

With a well crafted excel based solution, you are able to embed your way of thinking into the tool.  If you want to use effort based scheduling, calculate project costs, or determine actual's in the way you want then excel is your answer.

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