Five Tips for Effective Gantt Charts
- Make your Gantt chart easy to read by color coding your task bars. For example, if all the marketing tasks are blue and all the production tasks are red, it will be easier to identify department responsibilities at a glance.
Include a legend below your chart (or on a separate page) explaining the colors of the bars and the meaning of any milestone markers.
Keep your Gantt chart concise by excluding trivial sub-steps. If a task needs to be analyzed in greater detail, create a second Gantt chart.
Give a copy of the Gantt Chart to each team member and review responsibilities and milestones.
Update the chart periodically to reflect the realities of your ongoing project.
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