Pert, Gantt Charts and Work Breakdown Structure

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The PERT Chart Program Managers often utilize tools such as, the Program Evaluation and Review Technique or PERT charts. PERT charts help managers with planning the schedule of projects that involve sequential activities. A PERT chart identifies the amount of time that is required to complete the activities in a project, and the order of the steps that occurs throughout the project. Each activity is assigned an earliest and latest start time and end time; activities with no slack time are said to lie along the critical path, this is the path that must stay on time for the project to stay on schedule (Ingram, 2013). One of the strengths that the PERT charts have is their ability to calculate exactly how long a project will take. They…show more content…
Gantt charts present information in the configuration of a bar chart. This presentation helps show the percentage of work completed for each task. The PERT chart displays information as a network model which means that a PERT chart presents an initial node from which tasks branch out. This aids the project managers to visualize the sequence of tasks, as they cannot start on the next activity until the one preceding it has been completed. I would prefer to use the PERT chart for this reason because it helps to take out one aspect or element of error. I would also complete a WBS along with a PERT chart. References: CPM & PERT Weaknesses & Strengths, David Ingram, Demand Media (2013), Retrieved on July 17, 2013, From, http://smallbusiness.chron.com/cpm-pert-weaknesses-strengths-1082.html Difference Between Gantt Charts & Pert Charts, Michael Bryant, Demand Media (2013), Retrieved on July 17, 2013, From, http://smallbusiness.chron.com/difference-between-gantt-charts-pert-charts-43848.html Henry Gantt's legacy to Management is the Gantt Chart, Gantt Charts (2013), Retrieved on July 17, 2013, From, http://www.ganttchart.com/history.html What is a Gantt chart, Gantt.com, (2012), Retrieved on July 17, 2013, From, http://www.gantt.com/ Advantages and Disadvantages of Gantt Charts, Project Management Charts, PM Hut (2009), Retrieved on
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