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 putting a structure to your tasks.  You have an activity level tasks and usually 2 higher level tasks or summary tasks.

The next thing you'll need to do is to understand the relationship between your car. By understanding this relationship you'll be able to more effectively automate the management of your project using dependencies.  Dependencies enable task slippage to be handled effectively by your project management solution, without you having to manually re-adjust hundreds of dates manually in your project plan.

By choosing a dependency you will be able to set relationships between different tasks. A finish/start relationship is the most common type of relationship.  A finish/Start means that you're dependent task cannot be done until your predecessor task has completed. A practical example of it might be in building a house that you cannot commence building the wall before the foundation has been completed. Task Dependency automation comes from the fact that you've finished foundations task with that the wall task will also move-out meaning that you don't need to manually move the time frame associated with it that part it will be automated for you through the understanding of the relationship.

Enjoy Planning for a Change with Chart Gantt