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The Power of Google - Small Melbourne Company Sells Enterprise Solution to NASA

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, September 19, 2011 In : Chartgantt Updates 
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A Melbourne company that has sold its solution to NASA says Google has leveled the playing field for large enterprise software sales.

Marcus Tarrant, Managing Director of Chartgantt.com, says that colleagues and other small consulting firms often ask, "How did you manage to sell an enterprise level software solution to NASA?" 

The answer is simple: "Google," says Tarrant.

After 24 mo...

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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


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 



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 Based Gantt Chart for Program Management

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 In : Program Management 
We have recently found that many of our gantt chart clients are using our product to manage program level issues.

There are a number of interesting reasons for this.  The primary reason is flexibility.  At a program level, more so than a project level massive flexibility is critical to enable modeling the program from a number of points of view.

By using Chart gantt templates, large clients have been able to import all individual project plans from MS Project into separate tabs (using the Copy ...
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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.

For more on excel based project scheduling
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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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