Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Avoiding the common mistakes, part of Learning Gantt Charts.
- So finally, I want to give you a list of…my top five mistakes to look out for.…And number one is jumping straight to the Gantt Chart.…Always make a network diagram first,…so that you can be sure that you've got…the correct critical path.…Mistake number two is getting…the wrong level of granularity.…Too little makes your plan too high-level…and impossible to estimate.…And too much makes your plan too complicated,…with too many tasks.…But once you know about the concept of granularity…and the fact that you can have a sub-Gantt…for any larger tasks,…you should be able to get this right.…
The third mistake to look out for is forgetting contingency.…Remember to always put some in,…spread along the critical path.…The fourth mistake is neglecting the Gantt chart…once you've started.…It's easy to keep it colored in as you go,…and it will certainly save you a lot of pain…towards the finish date.…And the final mistake to avoid is…changing your plan more than once.…Customers worry if you keep changing your plan.…You get one shot, and you should do this…
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- Describe the layout of a Gantt chart.
- Define the critical path.
- Differentiate between agile, scrum, and waterfall.
- Determine how to position the floating tasks.
- Explain when it’s ideal to use a Gantt template.
- Summarize why a Gantt chart is useful for communicating with customers.