A Gantt Chart is a project management tool that uses a bar chart format to lay out each activity required to complete a project.
What is a Gantt Chart, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Gantt Chart
Description of Gantt Chart
The Gantt Chart is named after Henry Gantt, who developed it in the early 1900’s. One of the first known widespread uses occurred during World War I. Gantt Charts are now more commonly used as a feature of web-based software applications, including collaborative groupware.
With the use of a Gantt Chart, any person involved with a project can clearly see the planned timing of a project compared with how it is actually progressing. The main advantage of a Gantt Chart is that the steps for a project are laid out and easy to understand, so anyone involved with the project can see its progress. It also lays out key milestones of a project and its timing for completion. One disadvantage is that it can become complicated and difficult to read depending on the complexity of the project and the total number of workstreams or tasks.
Tools & Templates
Specific tools used in creating Gantt Charts are typically spreadsheets that estimate times to complete tasks within a project. The specific tasks and timelines are often put into bar chart format for a visual effect. The steps to completion are laid out as rows down the left side, and columns show bars related to the progress of each step. Each column shows a specific amount of time (in days, weeks, or months) and the bar spreads across the corresponding time frame. More and more project teams use online collaboration software.
upBOARD's Online Gantt Chart Tools & Templates
upBOARD’s online Gantt Chart collaboration tool allows any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other project management best practice tools and templates including:
Action Item List, Critical Path Chart, Gantt Chart, Issue Tracker, Project Budgeting, Project Risk Management, Project Schedule, Project Tracker, Skills Requirement Checklist, Task List, Time Card, Project Timeline, To Do List, Work Breakdown Structure