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Hour 2. Becoming an Instant Project Guru > Understanding What You See

Understanding What You See

Figure 2.2 shows the Intranet project screen (with a few changes I've made for illustration purposes). The display consists of a listing of task names on the left and a timeline with horizontal taskbars on the right. Details of a project can be displayed many other ways, but this is the display, the Gantt Chart view, that is most often used in Microsoft Project.

Long ago, Henry Gantt introduced the use of graphical bars drawn on a timeline in his studies of industrial management. It's such an easily understood way to compare and contrast the timeframe for events that it's not only widely used by project managers, but also by historians and scientists who want to explain time relationships. Microsoft Project has paired Gantt's chart with a spreadsheet-like table and called it the Gantt Chart view.


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