Henry Gantt invented his famous chart before WWI. Before automobiles were widespread. Before computers. And the internet.
And the Gantt bar chart still lives today.
In ST, the Gantt chart displays starting and finish dates, and a percent complete bar on a timeline. Use this to see when your tasks are scheduled to start and finish. More importantly, you see relationships between tasks that are not obvious with pure numbers. A visual snapshot of each task makes those relationships clear.
You'll know exactly when tasks should start and finish.
Mike with Standard Time® back with Ray White of Scoutwest the developers of Standard Time. We’re answering your questions about how to utilize Standard Time just a little bit better. How’s it going Ray?
Ray: All right.
In a previous video I noticed that you just went over Gantt charts. Didn’t even really explain it but I now know Standard Time has them so I’m going to bring it up. Why don’t you explain how Gantt charts work within Standard Time?
All right. Let’s switch over to the screen here and I will show them. I’m looking at the timesheet right now; I’m going to click on the first tab, you see these six tabs along the top. I’m going to click on the project tasks tab and we’re now looking at an area that is typically used for managing projects and tasks.
So you see a list of tasks here, those are the same tasks that you would see in your timesheet. Often administrators, managers would go in here to set up your project tasks.
The column you’re seeing right here on the right side is a Gantt chart. This was invented during the 1910’s by a guy named Henry Gantt. Basically the idea here was to create a bar chart that shows you these bars that represent the starting and stopping time for every task. I click on a task here, select it you can see which bar belongs to that one.
Essentially you can scroll back and forth in time just to see these bars. If you open up Standard Time for the first time you may not see this column. So what you should do is go to the view menu choose columns you’ll see Gantt listed here in this list. You can click on it then click add and that will add it to your view and you’ll see it. That’s really it, that’s the Gantt chart.
That’s awesome. I see you have blue lines and red lines. What do those red lines represent?
OK. These red bars represent tasks that are overdue. So the blue ones are normal ones, you see the percent complete. The little bar in the middle, the red bar, represents tasks that are overdue that you should take a look at.
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