What is a Gantt chart?
A Gantt chart is commonly used in project management. It requires knowledge, and skills on project activities to meet all requirements. When it comes to managing projects, you need tools to make them manageable. A Gantt chart is a timeline of your project. Professionals use Gantt charts to visualize how highly complex tasks can be broken down into smaller processes. It is one of the most popular and most effective ways to show a project’s timeline. A Gantt chart shows you what has to be done and when by whom. Tasks or events are displayed from top to bottom against time. Bars represent tasks as part of an activity. From the position and length of the bar, you can see the start date, duration, and end date of the task. The Gantt chart keeps the project team and informed from start to finish. To help you and your team collaborate efficiently. Vizzlo’s Gantt chart was designed to assist project managers and all other professionals in planning and communicating their work.
A brief history of the Gantt Chart
At the end of the 19th century, the Polish engineer and management researcher Karol Adamiecki aimed to enhance the visibility of production schedules. He invented a diagram to display interdependent processes, which he called ‘harmonogram’. Decades later, Henry Gantt designed his version of the diagram. He used the diagram, e.g., to provide a visual representation of the Hoover Dam Project, so that all parties involved could see when each phase of construction was scheduled. The chart became then widely known in Western countries under Gantt’s name.
How to make a Gantt chart with Vizzlo
- Import data from MS Excel and other spreadsheet tools (CSV, XLS and XLSX), or
- Copy and paste your data into the chart’s spreadsheet.
- Move activities vertically to reposition them as needed.
- Adjust the start and end date of a task, milestones, or a shade using drag and drop.
- Insert new tasks, milestones with a single click.
- Add who’s responsible for each task in the project.
- Show the progress of your project.
- Adjust the width and date range of your Gantt chart.
- Explore the many customization options.
- Export your work as PDF or PNG.
- Embed the chart into PowerPoint or Google Slides.
Gantt chart maker: key features
- The chart is fully interactive - simply click on any element and start editing!
- Do you need to highlight single important dates along the project plan? Add further information to the chart! Use milestones in different colors and shapes.
- Add dependencies to highlight related and dependent tasks in a project.
- You can assign those different tasks to different members of a team so that everyone can work on their part of the project effectively.
- Use Harvey Balls to show the progress of each task, highlight weekends, and more.
- With Vizzlo’s Gantt chart you can display up to three-time layers. Display guides and labels for days, weeks, months, quarters, or years.
- As opposed to tools like Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Project, using Vizzlo, it is possible to display multiple tasks for each activity. Each task can have its own label.
- Customize date formats of the horizontal axis and milestones independently.
- Choose different colors for each task and change their styles to solid, stroked or filled.
- Besides single days, you can also highlight weekends with one click.
Best uses for Gantt chart
- Project management
- Roadmap planning
- Team coordination
- Awareness of task dependency
- Process structure
- Timeline scheduling
- Achieving goals and meeting deadlines
Gantt chart: pro tips
- Use the same colors for tasks if you want to categorize them into groups.
- Set a milestone or add a shade to highlight important days or periods in your project timeline.
- Adjust the width of the vertical columns by drag and drop.
- Step-by-step tutorial
- What is a Gantt chart
- How to Create a Gantt Chart in PowerPoint With Vizzlo Templates
- How to make a Gantt chart using a Free Excel Template
Gantt Chart: What's new?
NEW: Milestones labels can now be positioned manually.
Milestones are now always aligned with the starting and ending of a segment!
We fixed a bug that could cause some milestones’ labels to be positioned wrongly.
Activity segments will now show a tooltip while moving. Some issues affecting the spreadsheet use of Gantts where fixed.
NEW: The alignment of activity labels can now be changed.
NEW: You can also resize milestone icons.
Gridline style for tick divider are now working with more consistency. Some issues affecting parts of the context menu were fixed.
Grid lines of exported PDF render perfect in Chrome’s embedded PDF viewer, too.
Local milestones can now have labels spanning multiple lines.
NEW: Activity dependencies can now be added and changed using drag’n’drop. Also, you can now edit segment labels, split tasks, and activity milestones from the spreadsheet—and sync them with remote Excel files or Google Sheets!
Labels of task segment can now be centered or right-aligned.
Modifying dependencies between activities is now also possible via drag and drop.
Adding new activity segments and milestones will enable showing their labels by default again.
Task segments and milestones can now be moved across activities.
We added some more icons for task milestones and improved the user interface for working with segments a bit.
You can now freely change which days are part of the weekend.
Handling of split tasks is now way more straightforward. Also, the ribbon used to connect different segments can be hidden now.
The date axis works in other languages than English.
NEW Segment labels can now take more space than the actual segments. We also updated the UI a bit.
You ended up with a “undefined” label in a task, when you selected the label input from the sidebar. We removed this behaviour.
Milestones are now placed at 12pm.
NEW More customization options for you. Change the color of any milestone now independently.
NEW You can add a label to each segment now!
Multiple segments in the same activity are now connected through a ribbon
Dependencies use a improved routing and are at the correct position when you drag segments forth and back
NEW You can resize the width of the columns now! Simply drag it to the left and right to make your Gantt Chart even better.
Small UX improvements: Selecting (and deleting) a segment will no longer select (and delete) the whole activity anymore.
NEW Milestones can now have their own color and shape. Simply click on any milestone and change their appearance in the sidebar.
Besides that we put some ❤ into this chart and improved its usability and performance a lot: dragging activities, adding milestones and segments feels much more smooth and less hectic now.
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