Constructing a Gantt Chart
Gantt Charts are useful Project Management tools for analysing and planning more complex projects. They:
- Help you to plan out the tasks that need to be completed
- Give you a basis for scheduling when these tasks will be carried out
- Allow you to plan the allocation of resources needed to complete the project, and
Help you to work out the critical path for a project where you must complete it by a particular date. When a project is under way, Gantt Charts help you to monitor whether the project is on schedule. If it is not, it allows you to pinpoint the action necessary to put it back on schedule.
Sequential and parallel activities:
An essential concept behind project planning (and Critical Path Analysis) is that some activities are dependent on other activities being completed first. As a shallow example, it is not a good idea to start building a bridge before you have designed it!
These dependent activities need to be completed in a sequence, with each stage being more-or-less completed before the next activity can begin. We can call dependent activities ‘sequential’.
Other activities are not dependent on completion of any other tasks. These may be done at any time before or after a particular stage is reached. These are nondependent or ‘parallel’ tasks.
How to construct a Gantt Chart
The basic procedure must be followed to build a Gantt chart.
- Identify the steps or activities needed to complete the project.
- Identify milestones within the project.
- Identify the expected time required to complete each task.
- Identify the sequence of tasks and the order of precedence of tasks.
- Identify who is to perform each task
- Draw a horizontal time axis on the bottom of a page.
- Select a proper time scale to represent the length of tasks. You may wish to add contingency times to certain tasks to ensure that the project runs to time or alternatively run ‘dummy tasks’ that can soak up any overruns from previous activities.
- Prepare a column on the left side of the paper; write down each activity and milestone of the project in their corresponding order of occurrence.
- Activities or milestones that occur at a specific point in time represent them using a diamond under the time the activity must happen.
- Try to break the project down to specific ‘stages’ and list the completion of these as milestones. This allows you to drive project activities towards the completion of a stage rather than for the whole project. Important if the project runs over a considerable time and you wish to avoid project complacency.
- Activities that occur over a determined period of time draw horizontal bars, or an empty rectangle starting from the first day the activity will take place and finishing the day the activity ends. Do not fill inside the rectangle.
- Ensure you have indicated on the Gantt chart activities that are dependent on each other so that you are able to plan the appropriate time to complete each one and not cause project delay
- Each activity or tasks must be listed in the Gantt chart.
- Fill up the diamond or the rectangle as each activity is being performed.
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