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Gantt Charts Overview

[Teams & Premier]

Gantt Charts are one of the many premium features on Mavenlink designed to help you collaborate and manage your projects with ease. You can find Gantt Charts in a Project Workspace. 

A Gantt Chart is a type of bar chart that illustrates a Project's timeline. Using Mavenlink’s Gantt Charts, you can optimize your team’s productivity and manage your project. Our Gantt Charts illustrate the start and due date of all the tasks, deliverables, and milestones within a project, as well as show the relationship between those items.  With this feature, you can create a visual timeline to quickly assess a project's progress. Similarly, Premier Customers get a high-level, "read only" view of their projects' progress and general health when using the Global Gantt Chart.

Mavenlink Premier and Teams customers can find Gantt Charts within their Project workspaces. In the Gantt Chart view, all the tasks you’ve made in the Task Tracker will appear on the table to the left of the visual timeline. Use this area to enter additional task information about your tasks, such as percent complete, the budget, and more. You can also add new tasks, deliverables, and milestones without leaving this view.

 

HOW WILL IT HELP YOU?

Gantt Charts give you a quick snapshot of your project’s current progress, allowing you to isolate when a project is at risk of being late or over budget.

 

KEY FEATURES

  • Dependencies: This means a task's start or finish date is dependent on another task's start or finish date.
  • Dependent Task Notifications: When the task preceding your task assignment is completed, you'll receive an email notification alerting you that your task is ready to begin. This helps to make projects run more efficiently.
  • Lag: Use this functionality when you need a period of time to get this task ready to start.
  • Cascade Changes: Enabling this option carries any date changes you make through all the dependent tasks.
  • Baseline: (for Premier customers) Save your initial Gantt Chart’s Baseline, as well as create subsequent snapshots of your project’s progress to see a contextual history of your project's progress.
  • Global Gantt: (for Premier customers) See your entire project portfolio from a single Gantt Chart.

By defining a task relationship to another task, you can quickly illustrate the optimum workflow and maximize your team's productivity. By using dependencies, you are telling your team the order a project needs to be completed and you can isolate the critical path (all the tasks that determine a project's timeline). 

You can set dependency relationships between tasks such as start to start or finish to start, as well as start to start, finish to finish. Do this by clicking the end of the taskbar and dragging the dotted line to your desired task.  Here’s what the different dependency relationships mean:

  • Start to start means start these tasks at the same time
  • Finish to start means when you finish one task you will start another
  • Finish to finish means you’ll finish two tasks at the same time.

Use the options on the top bar to explore other ways to use the Gantt Chart.

 

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