PlanStreet’s online Gantt chart software tracks and delivers multiple projects at a time.
Organizes projects into phases, milestones, tasks and provides RACI chart for project communication and task assignment.
Let’s take a deeper look at Gantt ChartA Gantt chart is an organized way to streamline projects. By using a Gantt chart, you can assign many different tasks to your many resources, and make sure they are all on the same page throughout the project. A Gantt chart allows you to see your entire project at a glance, or zoom in to single tasks and see what's ahead of schedule, behind schedule, or what can be moved up or back depending on tasks already completed. Originally developed by Karol Adamiecki in 1896, Henry Gantt later further modified it in 1910.
Desktop vs. Online Gantt Chart Software
Gantt Charts are available as a desktop version and a software-based online version. Let's take a look at both versions:
A Desktop Gantt Chart is used when only one Project Manager wants total control. Ease of use is still very much present, but it allows the Project Manager to decide what goes where, and to whom each task should be assigned. When you want only one pair of eyes on the inner-workings of the Gantt Chart, this is a great way to go. The cons are that it is in a fixed location with one point of access and lacks team collaboration.
An Online Gantt Chart such as PlanStreet is more suitable for a team with department heads, team leads and resources. The Gantt Chart is still controlled by one administrator so that each person using the Gantt Chart is allowed only what the administrator sees fit. Online Gantt Chart benefits every resource involved in the project.
Advantages of Gantt Chart Software
Gantt Charts have so many benefits. Here are just a few:
Accessibility to All
Real-Time Edits and Changes
Secure and Encrypted
The Gantt Chart's accessibility is an enormous benefit. Whether your team is under one roof, or across the globe, the online Gantt Chart is always up-to-date and reflects the project in real-time. Integration of the Gantt Chart with enterprise applications means the entire team can see everything at a glance and know exactly where they stand. No one has to worry about breaches due to the security and encryption within the Gantt Chart. All in all, there's absolutely no reason you shouldn't be using a Gantt Chart.
PlanStreet’s Gantt Chart Features
Features are the main desire when choosing a Project Management Software. Using PlanStreet's Gantt Chart means you will never want to be without these top features:
Drag and Drop
Gantt Chart’s Drag and Drop feature makes modifying charts very easy. When you create a project, task, duration, etc., you can go to the timeline view and drag anything you need to modify without going back into the task view. If you shorten a task, everything else adjusts accordingly automatically.
Our simple Gantt chart software automatically recalculates project plans adjusting task duration, work hours, and dependencies across tasks and teams. Project owners and team leads prioritize tasks, phases, and milestones by utilizing the drag and drop and indent, outdent features.
Manage multiple project plans
PlanStreet Users can create various project plans, whether it’s a one team project or having multiple teams assigned to a project using the Gantt chart. Project managers from various teams can collaborate and update the combined project plan by editing the relevant sections of the project schedule. The system tracks changes done to the project plan by each contributor and can be undone by the program manager if required.
Project managers find baseline very useful when they need to compare original project plan with current state of project. Baselines are created by adding snapshots of your project at any given time to your Gantt chart. Afterwards, you can compare these projections to the actual timeline of the project. This helps in understanding which activities were delayed, which were on time, and which were completed ahead of schedule.
Gantt Chart shows you with a diamond on the timeline when a significant Milestone is approaching. A Milestone is usually an essential part of the project, and you certainly don't want to miss the deadline on these.
Take a step ahead and allocate cost by the hour and time spent on the task. Gantt chart online tool control will immediately calculate project cost. Our intuitive software allows you to track and control expenses within budget.
Gantt chart offers a critical path check functionality to guide and alert project owners of tasks critical to project success. When projects have a lot of activities with various dependencies, the critical path can be a huge help in defining tasks that have the greatest impact. The critical path can shorten project duration by defining the most critical parts of the project plan.
PlanStreet Gantt chart project management software allows you to manage resources and their workload. You can also add resources and give them specific tasks. Our simple Gantt chart software updates project schedules acpross the project portfolio and provides centralized access for resource allocation and utilization.
When a task is dependent on another task, simply use the + icon in the Predecessors column or drag and drop links in timeline view. Whether the task is FS (Finish-to-Start), SF (Start-to-Finish), FF (Finish-to-Finish), or SS (Start-to-Start), you can define what needs to happen before and after the task in question.
RACI chart provides clarity with project communications and task assignment. PlanStreet’s RACI chart is displayed as list view within Gantt chart, where the project managers can review assigned roles and responsibilities for each task, phases, milestone, checklists, and decisions for each project.
Creating a Gantt Chart in PlanStreet
To create a Gantt Chart in PlanStreet, login and go to the Projects tab and click the Add button. From there, you can modify your project by defining the main timeline, adding important milestones, dates, resources, adding tasks, then linking them together via the drag and drop functionality. Tasks can be linked by creating multiple dependencies and setting positive or negative lag between the tasks.
Assigning tasks in the Gantt Chart is as easy as adding a resource and assigning their hours/days to the timeline. PlanStreet provides an option to allocate hours to teams instead of resources, especially when project managers prefer to track hours per team instead of individuals. You will start to see your Gantt Chart timeline. Once you've done that, it's all a matter of fine-tuning your Gantt Chart. It is that simple. Users have multiple views in the timeline ranging from daily to weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly.
Which Industries use a Gantt Chart?
Gantt Charts are so accessible to nearly any industry, but there are a few that benefit more than most. Big teams or collaborative efforts are the primary users in the Gantt Chart realm. Here are some great examples where PlanStreet's Gantt chart is used:
Oil and Gas