To assist project managers in carrying out day to day activities, there are a lot of project management tools developed in the past and are still available for them to use as of this time. Typically, these tools are used in generating reports to keep track project progress status in terms of factors such as schedules and budget. One of these tools is a project management bar chart called Gantt chart.
A Gantt chart is used to illustrate a project schedule- the start and finish dates of a project, from terminal elements to summary elements. Terminal and summary elements consist of the work breakdown of each project structure.
Karol Adamiecki developed the first Gantt chart, which is then called a Harmonogram. But then, since Adamiecki did not make his chart known to the public until 1931, this widely used bar chart bears the name of Henry Gantt, who designed the chart in 1910 and can be seen on his famous book “Work, Wages and Profit”. And now, Gantt charts are considered a popular charting technique and became a common feature of web based and desktop applications.
Gantt charts are simple to understand and easy to change. If utilized efficiently, making use of Gantt charts can result to the following benefits:
(a) Cutting project and production cost and reducing the time it takes to finish it;
(b) Eliminating lost and idle time as more work is produced;
(c) Coordinating planning with other team members and departments for consistency;
(d) Developing better troubleshooting procedures;
(e) Allowing more time for decision making;
(f) Gaining better scheduling schemes while easily making some adjustments.