The Chart Of The Gantt Chart

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1. Introduction Over the past decades there have been remarkably developments of techniques and methods for managers to cope with a wide variety forms of projects. And one of those techniques is the Gantt chart which is an exceptional tool for compiling a project schedule and visual evaluation of its performance. Furthermore, the chart allows managers to assess the current status of projects at any moment before proceeding to the direct management of the both single and multiple projects and their components. Thus, an application of the Gantt chart appears to be particularly practical in managing projects irrespective of their scope and field. By revealing the key principles of the Gantt charting, the following paper will attempt to…show more content…
According to Yakura (2002) and Dobson (1999) the chart was developed by Henry Gantt during the First World War, whereas Gido and Clements (1999) suggest that the beginning of the twentieth century was the date of creation. Since that period, although the Gantt chart, representing a timeline table with tasks crashed over period, is credited with a relatively simplicity, it is acknowledged as an enormously useful tool of planning projects (Dobson, 1999). Since the Gantt chart was first created, forms and components of the graph have been altered and interpreted in a distinctive way throughout the period. Although the incipience of computers has brought a progressive effect, the basis of the chart remains unchanged. Badiru (2009) defines the Gantt chart as an uncomplicated form of timeline to display amount of projected and actual work to be done in a given framework of time. As can be seen from Figure 1, the vertical axis presents all involved activities, while the timescale is designated along the horizontal axis over a calendar period. A distinctive feature of the chart is that it involves altogether separate individual tasks of a project, their duration and an arrangement of assigned activities. Moreover, as a project progresses, accomplished tasks can be seen as a result of indicated bars on the chart (Badiru, 2009). Interpreting the chart as a visually simple and clear project management tool Dobson (1999) points out that it permits to determine necessary labor force
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