Gantt Software Blog

From Awful to Awesome Progress Visualization in Gantt Charts

Posted by Juergen Theis on Apr 27, 2017 2:25:00 PM

First of all, I have to clarify that this blog post is not(!) about progress bars as we all know well from installing software or from downloading files. But this post is about the visualization of progress as we are used to see for instance in production planning or project management software systems.

I want to demonstrate the difference between a "classic" progress bar and a forecast oriented visualizaton of progress. The second is a new approach that has been currently implemented in our latest Gantt chart application we developed with our NETRONIC Web Application Framework and the feedback from the users was enthusiastic.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice

7 Visual Scheduling Best Practices

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on May 10, 2016 2:48:00 PM

The basic idea of visually-led scheduling approach is to enable the user to plan and schedule in a very agile manner. When developing our Visual Scheduling Suite for Microsoft Dynamics NAV we defined some kind of cornerstones or basic principles of any visual scheduling approach. In total, they can get summarized as the 7 visual scheduling best practices. They are described in this blog post.

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Topics: Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins, Gantt Best Practice

Visual Production Scheduling with Multiple Resources

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 16, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Naturally, a the complexity of production planning increases with the number of resources used. If only one machine is needed for finishing off an order, planning will be easy: Bringing forward an urgent order will postpone all other orders accordingly. Changing pre-planned orders will become a bit more difficult, however, when planning e.g. the manufacturing of products requiring several resources such as machines, staff members and tools, since the different allocations have to be taken into account. In such cases, visual production scheduling will be helpful.

This blog post mainly addresses manufacturing companies who need to plan production orders, manage delivery time commitments and have to allocate multiple resources to one order or to dedicated operations of one job. Learn from this blog post how a graphical control panel helps visualizing the results of an automatic remote control with several resources and in addition supporting the manual control of orders by immediately showing conflicts when an order is moved.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice

10 Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer

Posted by Ute Gillet on Dec 4, 2015 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data. However, developing, designing and definining a graphical planning table often is harder than many people initially expect. This blog post provides you with some functions that you should think of when starting to deveop your visual planning board.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice

New Tools For Gantt Chart Interactions: More Transparency And Speed

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 5, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Mouse interactions in a Gantt chart application are crucial for many planners as they make re-scheduling quite simple. However, these interactions can be a bit tricky at times, especially where large plans are concerned: When positioning a node at a certain point of the timeline or directly after another node, a certain spot in the Gantt has to be exactly hit by mouse. Also, dragging a node to a another, quite distant, group or subgroup, can sometimes be slightly tedious. Both challenges are adressed by the new tools provided with our .NET Gantt control VARCHART XGantt.

This blog post gives you an idea of how to create slick Gantt chart interactions using the the so called snap tool for easy positioning of nodes while moving them horizontally.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control, XGantt development tricks, Gantt Best Practice

Gantt Chart Editing by Mouse Wheel: Java Gantt Chart Best Practice

Posted by Bernd-Rainer Lauber on Oct 20, 2015 11:05:00 AM

Drag and drop is the interaction most frequently used in a Gantt chart: Activities are shifted either horizontally or vertically. In some cases, the data editing mode is used for modifications: The according node is selected by mouse, an info box appears and the according data field can be modified via key board.

There is yet another, more comfortable and faster way of modifying data: by mouse wheel. By clicking the node the field’s content is displayed and can be modified immediately by turning the mouse wheel.

This blogpost shows you how you can accomplish this mouse wheel driven interaction with our Java Gantt chart control VARCHART JGantt. It provides you also with code snippets so that you can turn this feature into action rapidly in your Java Gantt chart application.

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Topics: Java Gantt Control, JGantt development tricks, Gantt Best Practice

Synchronous Scheduling Gantt Chart - "GPS" for Production Planning

Posted by Markus Hammers on Sep 29, 2015 3:00:00 AM

For our manufacturing end customers (especially, for small and mid sized production companies)  we often develop visual scheduling applications that are exactly tailored to the individual and specific production planning requirements. When specifying these requirements, we very often realize that a great deal of added value is created by linking operative production planning to the real-time events on the shop-floor. In other words: by equipping dynamic planning with dynamic updating, such as a GPS for cars that informs us about the distance to move and the expected arrival time.  We call this the synchronous scheduling Gantt chart.

This blog post gives you an idea about the principle of a synchronous Gantt diagram that could be compared to a GPS for production planning.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Planning & Scheduling Insight, Gantt Best Practice

Intelligent Gantt Chart Interactions Allow Context-Sensitive Decisions

Posted by Ute Gillet on Sep 22, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Interactive Gantt charts are a proven and powerful tool to help organizations deal with time-related and resource-oriented planning and scheduling data. Being interactive, they enable users to quickly react to short-term incidents and thus to gain operational agility. From having worked with hundreds to thousands of Gantt chart users in the past decades, we learned that Gantt chart interactions do not only mean shifting an operation by drag & drop. It is meant in a sense that the Gantt diagram provides context-sensitive decision support information during the drag & drop interactions. In this blog post we will further outline the idea of intelligent Gantt chart interactions and will provide .NET Gantt chart developers with tips how to achieve this.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control, XGantt development tricks, Gantt Best Practice

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