Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning resources for one project or for multiple projects, part of Learning Gantt Charts.
- The next use for Gantt charts,…and it's another thing that there's no other way to do,…is to work out what you're going to need…in terms of resources.…This can be for just your one project…or maybe for a number of projects…that you're planning to do.…Taking this one level at a time,…if you're just doing one project,…you can use your Excel Gantt chart…to add up the columns vertically…and just check that the totals don't exceed…the number of hours or people that you have available.…You can see in this example here,…I've added up the columns…and I've got a rather busy patch around week 24…and I can ask myself whether I can cope with that.…
What if I can't?…The obvious first option is to slide the floating tasks…forward or back…which, you can see on my diagram, makes a huge difference.…The resource plan also known as a loading plan…is much better now, much more evenly distributed.…If sliding the floating tasks around…doesn't make enough difference,…then the only other options are…to either get more resources…or, and this is a bit of a crime, a bit of a last resort,…
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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.