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 2007 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 2007 window. Most of the work you do to refine your chart involves these two tools.