Managing the large number of individual tasks that make up a bigger project can be difficult - including determining what needs to happen in what order, and keeping yourself and others you're relying on to schedule. If you miss a deadline or complete a task out of sequence, there could be implications for the rest of the project. That's where Gantt charts come in handy and make the most complex of projects visual and easy to follow. 

We've pointed out a few helpful resources you can use to give a Gantt a go. 

What's a Gantt chart?

Gantt charts outline all of the tasks to be completed within a project and which tasks are reliant on others being completed first. You can also add in responsible persons, timescales, to plot start dates and how long a task is likely to take. This means if something doesn't go to plan or needs to be pushed back, you can easily see how other tasks will be affected and adjust your schedule. It can also help to see if a particular person is overstretched. 

How can I give one a go?

Take a look at this YouTube tutorial from MindTools, explaining the steps to creating a basic Gantt chart. 

 

Before creating a physical chart:

  1.  List out the over-arching activities within your project and their subtasks 
  2. Identify which tasks are dependent on other tasks being completed first
  3. Set key milestones for completing key tasks, and decide how long each task might take

Templates and resources

Excel project sheet template

There's lots of project management software out there, including:

SmartSheets

TeamGantt

Microsoft Project