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How to Create a Gantt Chart Using Microsoft Excel
A Gantt chart is a popular project management bar chart that tracks tasks across time. When first developed in 1917, the Gantt chart did not show the relationships between tasks. This has become common in current use, as both time and interdependencies between tasks are tracked.
Since their first introduction, Gantt charts have become an industry standard. They are an important project management tool used for showing the phases, tasks, milestones and resources needed as part of a project.
This video presentation is a step-by-step guide to creating a Gantt chart using Microsoft Excel 2007.
Project Planning A Step by Step Guide
The key to a successful project is in the planning. Creating a project plan is the first thing you should do when undertaking any kind of project. Often project planning is ignored in favour of getting on with the work. However, many people fail to realise the value of a project plan in saving time, money and many problems.
How to Plan and Schedule More Complex Projects
Gantt charts are useful tools for analysing, planning and controlling projects. When a complex or multi-task project is under way, Gantt charts assist in monitoring whether the project is on schedule, or not. If not, the Gantt chart allows you to easily identify what actions need to be taken in order to put the project back onto schedule.
17 "Must Ask" Questions for Planning Successful Projects
Why do some projects proceed without a hitch, yet others flounder? One reason could be the type and quality of the questions people ask at the very start. This article suggests 17 insightful queries that can expose the uncertain aspects of your project, and thereby help you avoid expensive surprises later. You can thus achieve your project goals with much less guesswork and far fewer problems than you may have experienced in the past.
The Project Plan: How to Write a Successful Project Plan
A project plan provides a roadmap for detailing how your project will reach its desired goals. It should be written in the project planning phase, once the project has been initiated and received preliminary approval and funding to be scoped out further. It normally follows the business case, and should primarily focus on how the project will proceed rather than why.
Stages of a Project
Projects are divided into six stages:
- Monitoring & Control
21 Ways to Excel at Project Management
The popular project management eBook fully updated and available as a website.