Gantt Charts are an integral part of project management…but usually not helpful unless there are a large number of dependencies and related tasks. They become more important when we need to find the critical path or identify critical resources.
Last week, Ryan and I developed one of these charts for a simple project we were working on. It was based on a 10 day window of work for 3-4 people and we had about two dozen interconnecting tasks. Yep – should have been pretty simple. In fact, we only did the chart as a practice exercise and didn’t intend to actually use it.
But, we did need recognize the need to make sure we were clear on every detail. Failure at any step could affect over 2,000 people. So, we spent 1.5 hours hashing out every move in painstaking detail.
- When will you move the trailer?
- Exactly where will it be placed?
- What are its contents?
- Where will it be moved next?
- How will I get the keys from you?
- Who will bring the extra materials we ordered?
- How can we re-print the labels on the cases?
That exercise identified multiple tasks that we had previously overlooked…and brought us a piece of mind that we knew we could deliver the goals and objectives.
I’ll do that again next time…even for a simple project. Have I inspired you to do the same?
Thanks for listening.