Basic Facts About Gantt Charts: Why They Are Still Popular Today

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jul 6, 2016 6:39:30 PM

“Gantt charts are uncool”, “Gantt's diagrams are dead” - these and many other similar statements can be read and heard in the media again and again. But – interestingly enough - in spite of all declarations of death, they are still very alive and are still a tool most commonly used for visualizing schedules of many different kinds.

The contradiction between all prophecies of doom and the longevity and up-to-dateness struck me as odd and I wanted to know more. The questions I wanted to get answers to were: What are the origins of these charts? What were the fields of application in the past and what are they today? Is there an evolution in terms of function and features? 

Since the material I came up with was quite complex, I decided to split it up into a loose series of blog posts giving insights into the basic facts and features of this kind of charts and I start with shedding some light on the reasons why and where they are used.

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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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9 Basic Design Tips for User-Friendly Gantt Charts - Part 3

Posted by Juergen Theis on Aug 27, 2015 6:35:05 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 first part of our blog series about the best design for user-fiendly Gantt charts were about bar appearance. The second part focused on  time scale, table and Gantt graph. Now the last part deals amongs others with  the question of  where to best place additional information in the Gantt chart
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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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