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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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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.

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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

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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 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.

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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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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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The Making of Chart Gantt Ultimate

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, In : ChartGantt Ultimate 
The features discussed below are only available in Chart Gantt Ultimate, to be released in August 2010

 We set ourselves the ambitious task of re-creating standard functionality in major project planning software tools.  One of the main challenges in building an excel based gantt chart is the use of WBS (Work Breakdown Structure).  There are a number of issues with the use of WBS in excel.

Whilst we have seen other excel based tools that attempt to offer WBS, they do this via a combination of m...
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Upcoming Update to Chartgantt Products

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, June 21, 2010, In : Chartgantt Updates 
Following on from the popularity of the Chartgantt products, we are currently working to extend the functionality of all Chartgantt products. 

We are pushing the limits of excel, but are hoping to enable users to toggle between daily, weekly and monthly gantt chart views on a single sheet.  This means that users will only need to enter their data once, the data on the left will remain, but the gantt chart timeframe and bars will update automatically when switching between views.

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Building Gantt Charts in Excel

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, February 15, 2010, In : Chart Gantt Build Your Own 
For anyone who would like to take the time to build their own excel based templates please see the below links and blogs.

In our view, all of these approaches are time consuming and allow for significantly less flexibility than the Chart Gantt solution.  However please explore these options if you are curious and have some time to kill.

  1. Building charts Using the Chart Function within MS Excel
  2. This approach whilst it does produce a clumsy result will draw gantt charts.  This approach does not...

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