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Chapter 12. Tracking Projects and Schedu... > Scheduling Projects with Gantt Chart...

Scheduling Projects with Gantt Charts

The Gantt chart was originated by Charles Gantt in 1917, and its clarity and hierarchical format have helped project managers ever since. Essentially a horizontal bar chart, a Gantt chart focuses on the sequence of tasks necessary for completing a project. The Gantt Chart template in Visio includes horizontal task bar shapes that are updated for you based on the duration of a task and its start time, as Figure 12-10 shows. The template also adds a floating toolbar and the Gantt Chart menu to the Visio window. Most of the work you do to refine your chart involves these two tools.

Figure 12-10. For small-scale projects or high-level task management, you can create Gantt charts in Visio that show dependent tasks and milestones.



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