PERT Chart Example: Develop PERT Chart from Structure Task List


Here is a PERT diagram example that shows how tasks and their dependencies can be visualized. The use of swimlanes allows you to structure the tasks based on any attributes such as the stage/process they reside or based on the task nature. Each task is assigned a planned start and end date, along with the duration, and an ID that uniquely identify the tasks.

You can draw a PERT chart like this. Click Use this Template to customize it or click Create Blank to start from beginning.

What is PERT Chart?

Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT Chart) is a project management tool used to schedule, organize, and coordinate tasks within a project. It is basically a method to analyze the tasks involved in completing a given project, especially the time needed to complete each task, and to identify the minimum time needed to complete the total project. PERT planning involves steps include: Identify the specific activities and milestones; determine the proper sequence of the activities; construct a network diagram; estimate the time required for each activity; determine the critical path; and update the PERT chart as the project progresses.

PERT vs Gantt Chart

Because PERT clearly illustrates task dependencies, a PERT chart sometimes is preferred over the Gantt chart (another popular project management charting)

On the other hand, the PERT chart can be harder to interpret, especially for large-scale projects. Most often, project managers use both techniques in order to serve multiple purposes.

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