A Gantt chart is a management tool that helps you organize you project or production in a “work breakdown structure” which means it gives you an overview of the different activities and the time spent. It is a very used tool for planning projects and production.
The Gantt chart gives you a graphic overview of a project or process; this could be a production process. It illustrates the dates for beginning and ending of different activities in a production process. The activities in the Gantt chart display the structure of the production.
The Gantt chart is a horizontal bar chart that graphically shows the different activities in the production and at what time they should be executed.
The benefits of a Gantt chart:
- Overview of production processes
- Makes it easier to plan production processes
- Makes it easier for you to plan when the different production processes should be done
- Helps you allocate resources
- Helps you communicate production processes
- Helps you coordinate and control the production
- Makes it easier for you to survey the production processes
- Makes you aware of potential gridlocks
The Gantt chart should be used as a proactive tool for controlling the development of the production process. If you use the Gantt chart correctly you have a great overview of your production process, and you will be able to see if there are potential pitfalls in the process. This makes it possible for you to be extra aware of the process when you need to overcome these obstacles and you can avoid the production getting delayed.
You can find different templates for creating your own Gantt chart online – some are more complex than others. If you’re working in Navision you can even get the tool NAV Gantt to be integrated with your Navision. This way you get the graphic overview of the process in the program.