Establishes a graphical timeline of various activities of a project and shows the following information:
- Relationship between the various tasks (sequential, simultaneous)
- Expected start and completion dates
- Percent of a task that is complete
- Milestones (labels and dates)
Answers the questions:
- What activities must we do?
- In what order must we do these activities?
- How long should these activities take?
- How long did these activities take?
- What is the time status of the project?
|When to Use
|Early in the project
||To identify and plan the major steps of the project to both force the clear identification of the tasks as well as establish an estimate of time to complete the project (or meet an intermediate goal or milestone).
|Throughout the project
||To maintain management oversight on project progress and to identify bottlenecks that can delay the project.
|In subsections of a project
||Individual Gantt charts may be used for any multiple task or step project; for example, identifying, designing, obtaining, and installing a new gage system to replace one that failed gage R&R.
List of tasks or steps required to complete a project (or a defined subset of a project) including:
- Start date (estimated or actual)
- Completion or due date (estimated or actual)
- Progress (percent complete)