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Project Management

Gantt Chart Examples for Project Management

Nathan Gilmore
May 9, 2012
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A gantt chart is simply a timeline view of your project. It’s a tool that helps you manage all of the different resources, people, and tasks along the way to accomplishing your project goal.  

In this article, we’ll show you a simple gantt chart sample and explain 5 basic features you’ll find in every gantt chart. You’ll also find examples of how to make a gantt chart for your projects.

Elements of a gantt chart: Example & explanations

Gantt charts may seem complicated at first. But once you understand the basics, you’ll know how to use a gantt chart to plan and manage your projects with ease. 

This sample gantt chart highlights 5 key gantt chart features:

example of a gantt chart with basic elements highlighted

Let’s take a closer look at the basic elements of a gantt chart:

  • Timeline: The timeline runs horizontally across the top of the gantt chart and displays months, weeks, days, and years. This makes it easy to see how your project schedule stacks up over time. 
  • Task list: A project is made up of several tasks, and related tasks can be organized into groups and subgroups. You’ll find these listed vertically down the left side of your gantt chart. In this example, you can see tasks have been broken down into groups by month, with subgroups for each webinar topic that will be presented. See tips and examples for organizing tasks in your gantt chart. 
  • Bars: You will also notice that the right-hand side of the chart has group and task bars that correspond to the group and task names. Each bar represents when the task will start and end and also indicates the percent of completion. Gantt charts are especially useful for any project where you want to visualize how long your project will take and how work is progressing along the way.
  • Milestones: A milestone is an important goal, event, or deliverable in your project, such as a kickoff meeting or major deadline. Using milestones in your project plan can help you monitor progress and identify potential delays. In TeamGantt, milestones are signified by a gold diamond on the gantt chart and can be scheduled just as easily as tasks.
  • Dependencies: A dependency links tasks together to ensure work gets done in the right order. For instance, in the gantt chart example above, we created a dependency between Review/revise slide deck and Host webinar because we can’t present the webinar until the slide deck is complete. In TeamGantt, a dependency shows up as a light gray line connecting tasks on your gantt chart.

Additional gantt chart resources & examples

Want to learn more? Here are a few resources—with additional gantt chart examples—to help you out.

Create your own gantt chart for free

If you need an easy way to create a gantt chart, give TeamGantt’s online gantt chart software a try. TeamGantt enables you to build project plans in minutes and track progress in real time.

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