Gantt Charts – The Visual Method for Project Planning

For over 100 years, Gantt charts have been the de facto standard for project plans. Whether they are labor-intensive like in Excel or created in modern tools like awork, we’ll now explain to you what they’re all about.

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The traditional creation of Gantt charts in Excel can be very time-consuming. Instead, use awork to clearly plan projects, tasks, and milestones in your Gantt chart.

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Excel spreadsheets were never meant to be a project management tool. Import them easily into awork. You’ll never again have to spend hours drawing elaborate boxes for your Gantt charts and can easily share them with the whole team.

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Gantt charts can provide transparency even across projects. With team planning in awork, you can identify overlaps and bottlenecks to steer your projects to success.

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The Gantt chart is not always the most suitable method for project planning. Switch between your Gantt chart, Kanban board, and the handy to-do list in awork with the click of a button.

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Questions & answers about Gantt charts

What is a Gantt chart?

A Gantt chart is a special type of bar chart in a landscape format used in project management to show the project’s timeline. The first Gantt charts were created around 1910 by their inventor and namesake Henry Gantt.

Modern Gantt charts include project tasks as well as milestones, dependencies between tasks, and the current progress of work.

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What are Gantt charts used for?

Gantt charts show the timeline of a project along with its components (e.g. phases and tasks). It is used to give project managers an up-to-date status of the schedule and its adherence.

Modern Gantt charts also include important milestones of the project.

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What is the advantage of Gantt charts?

Gantt charts enable visual project planning. They show the timeline of a project and all its components (e.g. phases and tasks). This ensures that all participants can quickly grasp the project status, dependencies become clear and deadlines do not fall by the wayside.

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How do I create a Gantt chart?

Simple digital Gantt charts can be created in spreadsheet tools (e.g., Excel). Each row contains a task or a project section, and each column corresponds to a time unit (days, weeks, or months) in which this task will be worked on. This approach has the disadvantage that such charts are very time-consuming to create and maintain and cannot be edited simultaneously.

Luckily Gantt charts can be created in simpler and more effective ways. Charts that are created in more suitable project tools (such as awork) can help to simultaneously and automatically visualize the project’s current status.

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What are alternatives to Gantt charts?

For the visualization of the project progress, especially in modern agile project management, Kanban boards or simple lists are also used. In addition to the Gantt chart, the timing of a project can also be shown in a calendar representation.

On the other hand, for the representation of task structures (hierarchies), the so-called “Work Breakdown Structure” (WBS) is suitable.

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Where does the name “Gantt chart” come from?

The Gantt chart was named after its inventor Henry Gantt (1861-1919). Earlier versions of similar charts were also named “Harmonogram”.

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