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What are Gantt Charts?

What are Gantt Charts?
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Gantt charts (also referred to as project timelines) are bar graphs that help plan and monitor project development or resource allocation on a horizontal time scale.

Typically, Gantt charts indicate the exact duration of specific tasks, but they can also be used to indicate:

  • The relationship between tasks
  • Planned and actual completion dates
  • Cost of each task
  • The person or persons responsible for each task
  • The milestones in a project’s development

Gantt charts are also used by supervisors and team leaders to schedule team members for various time dependent tasks such as visiting clients, making sales calls, being on medical call, being on guard duty, and more.

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Activity (PERT) Chart

Activity (PERT) Chart
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Activity Network and PERT charts are a way of documenting and analyzing the tasks in a project. The term PERT actually stands for “Project Evaluation and Review Technique”, and was developed in the late 50’s to help manage the increasing complexity of industrial projects.

Typical Uses

Activity networks and PERT charts are typically used to document complex projects in a visual manner. Elements like expected time and actual time help viewers make adjustments, and reduce the occurrence or errors during the project. They are also used to establish the critical path of a project.

Best Practices

  • Determine the Tasks – The first step in creating an Activity (PERT) chart is to establish what tasks are involved in the project.
  • Establish Order – Using one of the accepted Activity (PERT) chart objects, layout each task in the order which it will be completed during the project. Some find using a Gantt chart helpful when doing this.
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