You use Gantt charts for your projects, but do you know the history of the Gantt chart and the best practices for using the Gantt chart? Watch project management trainer and expert Devin Deen shows us the full capabilities of the mighty Gantt.
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Devin discussed how Henry L. Gantt developed the chart named after him around 1917, as a way to analyze and synthesize workflows and improve economic and labor results for a world at war. His collaboration with the army helped coordinate their targets with factory production at a critical time during World War I.
It wasn’t until the 1980s, with the proliferation of the PC and, with it, Gantt chart software, that project managers and schedulers came fully on board with this tool. They proved a very useful tool in the planning and execution phase of a project for identifying tasks and allocating resources. When online, they’re also a great way to stay collaborative team members and stakeholders.
Pro-Tip: While Gantt charts have become an established part of every project, it’s also good to not become overly reliant on them and explore other tools and techniques. There are downsides to everything, and knowing weakness you can avoid those potential risks and get to know other tools to strengthen your ability to manage. ProjectManager.com CEO Jason Westland offers his experience and expertise in the article 4 Alternatives to Gantt Charts.