examples of gantt chart


What Is a Gantt Chart?

A Gantt chart is a timeline of a project. The top of the chart shows the time frame and the left side of the chart lists the project activities.

What Are the Parts of a Gantt Chart?

When you first look at a Gantt chart, it might seem overwhelming.

What do the bars or lines mean? How do they relate to the x and y axes?

But, on second glance you’ll see that the beauty of a Gantt chart is actually in its simplicity.

A Gantt chart only has three main parts:

  1. Activities and/or tasks (left axis)
  2. Milestones (top or bottom axis)
  3. Activity and/or task bars

Take a look at this simple Gantt chart example:

Here’s a Gantt chart example:

Each activity listed on the left-hand side of a Gantt chart has a colored bar next to it. The position and length of that bar depends on the activity’s timeline and duration: when it starts and when it ends.

  • For example, in the daily project status Gantt chart above, Activity 1 (Task 1) will take place from March 3 to 7 and then March 10 to 13. The due date is Thursday of that week. Each week is color coded.

In short, a Gantt chart shows:

  1. What tasks need to be done to complete the project
  2. When these tasks need to be done

Benefits of Using a Gantt Chart

The benefits of a Gantt chart include:

  • Scheduling and planning projects and tasks
  • Plan work in sprints
  • Visualizing how projects and tasks evolve over time
  • Collaborate with your team
  • Comparing planned versus actual timelines

Gantt charts are incredibly versatile–they’re useful for multiple roles, such as:

  • Project managers
  • Marketing managers
  • CEOs
  • Team leaders
  • Operations managers
  • Consultants

All Contributions

Given the information provided below, draw a Gantt Chart:

Activity Activity Name Preceding Activity Duration 
A Planning  B 2 weeks
B Analysis A 4 weeks
C Design  7 weeks
Implementation  A, B 3 weeks
Maintenance  B, C 6 weeks


Project Start Date is 2018-1-1


gantt chart:

Your client’s hired you to help them achieve their goals. But, let’s say they’re a new client and they need a little more reassurance that you, the consultant, is on top of things.

Show your client that you have a workable roadmap to success with a Gantt chart.

A business plan tends to contain a lot of information and can quickly become overwhelming to potential investors.

Visualizing schedules, research or data will help break up all the text and quickly communicate key deliverables.

Investors need to see that you have a concrete plan in place that will let you achieve your revenue goals. 

The far left hand column maps out the activities, while the far right column lists what department is responsible for each activity.

Product development typically involves multiple departments or teams of people. There may be no one project leader, either–only multiple managers, on multiple teams.

A Gantt chart is the perfect way to manage tasks between multiple teams as all the information is in one place, in a crystal-clear format.

It eliminates confusion about dependencies i.e. who needs to finish what before another team can begin their task.

Construction projects can suffer from “too many cooks in the kitchen” syndrome, making it really hard to meet deadlines.

Gantt charts are a great way to keep construction projects on schedule and make sure clients, crew members and subcontractors are in the loop.

This construction project Gantt chart example will make sure everyone’s on the same page. The chart’s simple format makes it easy to see what activity is due when.

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