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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.
What Is Gantt Chart?
Let’s take a deeper look at Gantt Chart
A 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
- Financial Tracking
- Remote Access
- 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
Intuitive and useful features are what set PlanStreet’s Gantt chart apart from all others. Here are some of the unique features
that you can have at your disposal:
Drag and Drop
PlanStreet’s Drag and Drop features allow for easy, instantaneous changes. Changes can be dragged and dropped within the timeline saving you from the hassle of going back into task view. When an adjustment is made, all other items will automatically adjust in response making your job that much easier.
Our Gantt chart software automatically adjusts plans to reflect changes in task duration, work hours, and dependencies. This automation is designed to lighten your workload and facilitate a smooth project. Auto scheduling allows for project managers to prioritize tasks, phases, and milestones via the drag and drop feature without fear of manually restructuring the timeline
Manage multiple project plans
Users can manage multiple projects simultaneously and solicit reporting and updates from various teams. Project managers can even edit their respective sections of the project schedule themselves allowing for collaboration across the teams. PlanStreet’s software tracks contributor edits so the manager can attribute changes and work back 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.
Project milestones are clearly marked in PlanStreet’s Gantt chart with a diamond icon so that you can easily identify when these deadlines are approaching. Milestones represent critical moments in the lifespan of a project and our software ensures that you won’t miss them.
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’s Gantt chart software allows you to fully manage resources. You can allocate workloads and assign specific tasks with the press of a button. The software can update schedules across the project portfolio and provides the project manager with a centralized location for resource allocation.
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
Creating a PlanStreet Gantt chart couldn’t be easier! To get started, log in and add a new project in the Projects tab. Each new project can be customized to suit specific project needs including the development of a timeline, inclusion of critical milestones, resource allocation, and tasks. Users can create dependencies to link tasks and manipulate the positive and negative lag time between them. All of this is accomplished through user-friendly drag and drop functionality.
Task assignment is as simple as adding a new resource and inputting the resource’s hours and days into the project timeline. A great feature of the PlanStreet Gantt chart is that hours can be allocated not only to individuals but also to teams. As resources and tasks are input, the timeline comes alive before the project manager’s eyes. At that point, users can scale timelines into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly views. Customize really is at the user’s fingertips.
Which Industries use a Gantt Chart?
Gantt charts can be easily applied to any industry. With these charts being scalable and customizable, they work for any size team in any sector. PlanStreet Gantt charts particularly excel with large teams or collaborations that span across multiple teams. Here are some industries that use PlanStreet Gantt charts with great effect:
- Oil and Gas
- Consulting Services
The wide array of industries that utilize PlanStreet Gantt charts speaks volumes about their effectiveness and ease of use. Any project planning software that can be used in both healthcare and auto manufacturing is one that is flexible. The PlanStreet Gantt chart’s user-friendly interface and easy to understand implementation makes it the ideal tool to affect change, manage resources, and stay on budget. This is a must-have resource for business owners, project managers, and organization stakeholders.
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