Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Assessing the software options, part of Learning Gantt Charts.
- You're going to need to produce your Gantt Chart…using software of some sort.…And the options for software are basically as follows.…There's Excel, there's Microsoft Project,…there's Cloud-based free stuff,…and there's tailored systems that do everything.…Now, just to deal with the free stuff first.…Often it's too flaky, and usually you can't…share the outputs with people who don't…have the same software, so I think they're out.…On the other end of the scale, you've got the tailored…fancy systems that link into your timesheets,…holidays, pay rates, et cetera.…
I think they're usually too expensive,…and too time consuming.…You'll spend your whole time putting data in,…and constantly having to change it as things change.…And the output will never be right.…I've never seen one that works,…and certainly not one that was worth the money.…Now, if your company builds power stations…or something like that, then you probably will…be using a special package.…But for normal, mere mortals, who are just busy guys…with a day job and several little projects to run…
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