A Gantt chart is a project management tool that illustrates a schedule. This chart lists the tasks to be performed on the vertical axis, and time intervals on the horizontal axis. Gantt charts show the start and finish dates of the beginning and end elements and summary elements of a project. It is essential to understand that modern Gantt charts also show the dependency (i.e., precedence network) relationships between activities. Gantt charts can be used to show current schedule status using per cent-complete shadings and a vertical “TODAY” line as shown here.
Gantt charts are usually created initially using a first start time approach, where each task is scheduled to start immediately when its prerequisites are complete. The project manager would use the chart to track the performance of the project in alignment with the times which they had given each task to be completed.
Gantt charts form part of a strategic planning process; you can learn more skills on our course – Strategic Planning – Beginners
This example of a Gantt chart has been produced by Team Gantt, where you can download a free downloadable version to use in your own project.