Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Using templates, part of Learning Gantt Charts.
- Sometimes people ask me, "Hey Chris, please can you…"send me and Excel template for a Gantt chart?"…And I think, "Well, not really."…Because what would it have on it?…The tasks down the side have to be theirs…and the dates across the top have to be theirs.…So what can I send them?…I think next time I get this request I might just send them…a blank page, a completely empty Excel workbook.…But, actually, to be fair, it can be worth keeping…a master template for future similar projects.…
Once you've done a project, similar ones in the future…can start to become a process as you use the same plan…next time, with just the dates changed.…Or, you could use the most complicated one as your…template and then, for each repeat project,…you can delete the bits you don't need.…But the main thing is, keep it simple.…Don't have lots of complicated templates for people…with automatic macros and stuff because,…then most people won't understand it,…they won't use it.…
And you'll end up with no project plans at all.…So I guess the thing to think about here is,…
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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.