Mastering the Gantt Chart like a pro!
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Mastering the Gantt Chart like a pro!

Create a project management diagram. Use the "Gantt Project" software effectively. Communicate progress in real time.
4.3 (6 ratings)
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Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Without reading notes, describe a Gantt chart, say / write why and how it was invented, what needs it satisfies
  • Know and choose the appropriate open source software: for local use or web-based / individual or in team
  • Produce and share a mental map as a brainstorming tool (mindmup)
  • List 5 subsequent tasks and sub-tasks by applying "top / down" thinking to stratify tasks into subtasks: in this case a cake recipe
  • Use the free open source software "Gantt Project" with a practical case: European project Erasmus KA2
  • Regularly update the diagram: check, act, inform
  • Communicate the progress of a project to stakeholders in real time
  • you have to download and install the GanttProject open source software
  • you should be curious and open minded :-)

The objective of this training course is to enable beginners and intermediate project developers to create and update a Gantt chart or diagram in real time to manage a complex project and share real-time progress of tasks and subtasks. More and more European Programs ask when a project is filed that a Gantt chart is part of the supporting documents. It will prove the correct planning of the tasks over the duration of the project.

Used terminology:

  • Gantt chart

  • Mental map, mind map

  • Work breakdown structure (WBS), project breakdown structure

  • Organization, planning

Resources included in the course:

  • 21 videos including presentations, commented slideshows or screencasts

  • Links to wikipedia, "mindmup", "Freeplane" and "Gantt Project" software

  • Images of mental maps

Course Structure:

The course is divided into four main parts:

  1. Understand the Gantt chart: history, software

  2. Construct the diagram: the staircase method, the mental map, the logical network

  3. Install and use the "Gantt Project" software

Why take this course?

The Gantt chart, although simple to understand, can be difficult to implement in a complex project if it is not properly and exhaustively "thought" upstream.

In this simple and easy to learn course, you will learn step by step how to "decomplex" and demystify this diagram to transform it into a real project management tool!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is intended for project managers wishing to acquire a simple and efficient method (the "staircase method", the mental map) to construct several Gantt diagrams and manage a complex project
  • This course is for those who want to learn how to use the open source software "GanttProject"
  • This course is not for experienced project managers already familiar with commercial project management software
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 01:34:54
+ Presentation of the facilitator and objectives
1 lecture 03:04

A presentation of the course: audience, requirements and invitation to begin!

Preview 03:04
+ Understanding the Gantt Chart
3 lectures 08:45

Getting to know Henry Gantt, his vision and achievements.

Preview 02:38

A simple example of a Gantt chart: a recipe.

A simple and powerful graphical representation

Some of the available software for project management.

Available software
+ The staircase method and the logical network
3 lectures 10:10

A new, simple but efficient vision of project management: the "staircase".

See tasks and objectives ... otherwise

Upgrading the vision to complex projects.

Several tasks at the same time, the "stacked" stairs

An introduction to the concept of "logical network".

A simple and powerful scheme, the logical network
+ The mind map, to create easily and not forget anything
4 lectures 29:06

A presentation of the founder of the mind mapping concept: Tony Buzan.

Tony Buzan's great idea

Opening and getting to know the mindmup web application to create mind maps on the fly.

The "mindmup" web application

Studying an efficient and comprehensive mind map so that you do not forget anything for your project.

The "effective tool", a mental map to not forget anything

Creating the efficient or effective mind map with mindmup.

Mind map example
+ The "Gantt Project" software
11 lectures 43:49

Installing the Project Gantt open source software easily.

Preview 02:22

First things first: creating a new project and understanding its settings.

Preview 04:48

Playing around with the foundation of project management: tasks and subtasks

Create tasks and sub-tasks

Understanding dependencies between tasks. Changing them and seeing the results.

Dependencies between tasks

Materializing tasks by assigning them to real people: the "human resources".

Create a (human) resource and assign tasks

Preparing the effective communication process: how to assign an execution percentage to tasks.

Percentage of execution of tasks

Deadlines and milestones explained.

Project milestones

A crucial constraint for many projects: how to simply create a "retroplanning" with Gantt project.

Create a retroplanning from a project's milestone

Moving tasks on the timeline and within the hierarchical organization of your project.

Move tasks

Enhancing readability of complex projects: colors, information and other settings explained.

Modify project settings

Communicating efficiently your project stats: a must-do as a project manager.

Communicate effectively