9 Basic Design Tips for User-Friendly Gantt Charts - Part 2

Posted by Juergen Theis on May 7, 2015 1:45:00 PM

The modern look & feel of Gantt charts not only helps gaining user acceptance. A well-thought-out design also yields intuitiveness and user friendliness. So, when developing a Gantt chart one should not only keep an eye on functionality but on design as well.

Of course, every Gantt chart has to meet its own planning requirements and hence has to have its own look. Even though, there are some basic design considerations a developer should keep in mind when developing a Gantt chart.

The second part of our blog series about the best design for user-friendly Gantt charts introduces three more tips for creating modern charts. The first three tips described in the last blog were about bar appearance. The next three tips deal with the complete graphic area, including time scale, table and Gantt graph.

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9 Basic Design Tips for User-Friendly Gantt Charts - Part 1

Posted by Juergen Theis on Apr 29, 2015 2:00:00 PM

When developing a Gantt chart, a key concern always is to provide all needed drag & drop scheduling functionality, of course. However, a proper UI design also matters since it not only underlines the chart's functions but is also essential for a good user acceptance and vital for user-friendliness.

In this series of blog posts with Gantt chart tips we discuss 9 design tips for user-friendly Gantt charts that aim at supporting the development of modern, visually appealing and meaningful Gantt charts. The first part of this series will give you some valuable tips on bar design.

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Graphical Functions a Visual Planning Board Should Have #3

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Dec 3, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Visual planning boards are proven tools for controlling and managing your production, and for scheduling production orders. In a series of three blog posts we have compiled and outlined a total of 10 key features an intelligent and powerful planning board should offer. Here comes blog post #3 of this series.

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Graphical Functions a Production Planning Table Should Offer #2

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Oct 22, 2014 3:46:00 PM

What are the "basic functions" a graphic planning table for use in manufacturing companies need to offer to convey meaningful information and support the decision maker and production planner in the best possible way? In our previous blog post you learned about three key features: Switching views for different planning perspectives, flexible resolution of timescale and multi-level grouping visualization. Here comes blog post #2, presenting three further functions an effective production planning table should offer.

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Which Graphical Functions Should a Production Planning Table Offer?

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Oct 2, 2014 10:38:34 PM

When it comes to production planning, graphical planning tables provide valuable assistance as to visualizing complex contexts and bringing transparency to production planning data.

What are the "basic functions" a graphic planning table for use in manufacturing companies needs to offer to convey meaningful information and support the decision maker and production planner in the best possible way?

In this blog post, which is post #1 of a series of three, I discuss three key features that a visual planning table should have.

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3 Tips How To Use Colors To Provide Intelligence To A .NET Gantt Chart

Posted by Juergen Theis on Jun 23, 2014 6:42:00 PM

When discussing requirements for a scheduling or planning application our customers typically adress issues like: performance, grouping, sorting and filtering, data binding, drag & drop interactions, linking of tasks, and printing. What is often overlooked is the impact that colors can have for a such an application. Colors seem so trivial, that they are only rarely discussed. However, our experience from dealing with Gantt diagrams for more than 20 years tells us that colors are the spices for your Gantt charts. In this blog post you can learn how colors can help establishing visual intelligence.

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5 Gantt Chart Best Practices: Using Colors To Define Semantics

Posted by Juergen Theis on Mar 31, 2014 2:30:00 PM

We have been developing Gantt chart software for more than 20 years. When working with customers, we often discuss issues like performance, grouping, sorting and filtering, data binding, drag & drop interactions, linking of tasks, printing and other typical Gantt diagram features with them. What is often overlooked is the impact that colors can have for a scheduling application. Colors seem so trivial, that they are only rarely discussed. With this blog post we share five best practices how to use colors to define the semantics of your planning diagram.

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How To Improve Your Gantt Chart User Experience

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Mar 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Gantt chart software is commonly used to visualize production, project, personnell, logistics or resources information. One of the key values is that it provides a quick and intuitive overview of time-related planning and scheduling data that have dependencies. As such users can quickly identify scheduling issues. We call this the information value. The other key value of a proper Gantt chart software comes from the fact that it enables interactive drag & drop changes to the schedule. This allows the user to quickly take corrective actions, and not only analyze the data, but change it. This generates an agility value. This blog post discusses some fundamental concepts how to improve the drag & drop user experience when working with a Gantt diagram.

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