Gantt Chart Example: Software Development

The best way to understand Gantt Chart is to look at some examples of Gantt Chart and start drawing your own. You can now modify the Gantt Chart example below using Visual Paradigm's online Gantt Chart tool.

What is a Gantt Chart?

Gantt charts have been around for nearly a century, having been invented by Henry Gantt, an American mechanical engineer, around 1910. A Gantt chart is a project management tool which enables you to schedule your work over a period of time by breaking down big pieces of work into a series tasks where the dependencies are visually illustrated, parallel processes are discovered, the overall processing time determined and progress tracked. It assists project managers in the planning and scheduling of projects of all sizes.

A Gantt chart is useful to keep tasks on track when there is a large team and multiple stakeholders when the scope changes, as it's in a bar chart format it is possible to check on progress with a quick glance. You can easily see:

  1. a visual display of the whole project and its phases
  2. duration and start and end dates of all tasks
  3. relationships and dependencies between the various tasks and activities

How to create a Gantt Chart?

Visual Paradigm Online features a Gantt Chart tool and a set of pre-made Gantt Chart templates. You can create a diagram from a template or from scratch by following the steps below:

  1. Create a blank Gantt Chart.
  2. The palette on the left lists the Gantt Chart shapes available. Drag and drop the shapes you need onto the diagram and connect them with connectors.
  3. Save your finished work (File > Save as) to our cloud repository for future access, or to export your diagram as image (JPG, PNG, PDF, SVG, etc) and share it with your co-workers.

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