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Chapter 12. Tracking Projects and Schedules > Viewing Projects with PERT Charts

Viewing Projects with PERT Charts

PERT refers to the Program Evaluation and Review Technique, a project management method originally developed in the 1950s by the U.S. Navy. A PERT chart is a diagram that reveals task, duration, and dependency information. Because of their ability to represent extensive detail, PERT charts continue to be popular today, particularly in manufacturing environments. With the PERT Chart template in Visio, you can create the style of chart variously called a network, subproject, or logic diagram. Visio doesn’t add a time scale or provide any automated tools for grouping or marking critical path tasks. Instead, you use drag-and-drop PERT shapes and connectors to assemble a diagram, and then type in the details, as Figure 12-8 shows.

Figure 12-8. A PERT chart shows start and end dates for project tasks in a connected diagram.



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