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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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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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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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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 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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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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We did it! View by day, by week or by month! Chartgantt 2.0 Release

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, In : Chartgantt 2.0 Release 
We are very excited by the launch of Chart Gantt 2.0.  We set ourselves the ambitious task of adding significant functionality to Chart Gantt without the need for macro's.  The issue with macro driven Excel based Gantt Charts is that they are inherently unpredictable.

By steering clear of Macro's we have created a stable excel platform that just works.  This enables users now to view as much as 3 years of chart in the one screen.  This is a minor breakthrough in the Gantt Chart world, and took...
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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.

This ambitious...
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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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