What is a Gantt chart ?

Many Business Analysts would eventually become Project Managers.

While Project Management and Business Analysis are distinctly different career paths but they have a lot of overlap.

A Project Manager is responsible for managing projects that would provide solutions to identified business problems.

While a Business Analyst is anyone that identifies a business needs, analyses the requirements and recommends solutions to those business needs.

Both careers involve stakeholder analysis, requirements elicitation, strategy analysis, and solution evaluation.

Project Managers use tools and techniques to manage their projects and one of the tools that is used is a Gantt chart.

What is a Gantt Chart ?

A Gantt chart is a project management tool that is used in the planning and scheduling of projects.

The chart is used to plan the Project management tasks and timelines and then convert that information into a horizontal bar chart, which shows the start and end dates, task dependencies, task completion percentages and scheduling and deadlines.

The resulting Gantt chart would help the Project Manager to keep track of tasks.

How to use a Gantt chart ?

A Gantt chart is used to plan which tasks can be done in parallel and which tasks need to be done sequentially.

This can be used to investigate project tradeoffs and their effect on the project.

Project tradeoff examples include adding more resources or reducing the scope of the project so that the project manager can see its effect on the project end date.

How do you create a Gantt chart ?

To create a chart you need to know all of the individual tasks that are required to complete the project, an estimate of how long each task will take and which tasks are dependent on others.

Then you input the tasks and the planned timelines to create the Gantt chart.

Gantt Chart sample