Ganttic - a Gantt Chart That’s Live and Interconnected

Categories: Management Tips
There are literally hundreds of different versions of Gantt charts online, one fancier than the next, but when you start comparing them, the ‘wow’-effect is quick to disappear.

When you ‘google’ Gantt chart templates, you usually end up with literally hundreds and hundreds of different templates of Gantt charts or different tutorials, both blogs, and videos, on how to create a Gantt chart. Unfortunately, most of them require a spreadsheet program, which usually tends to be Excel, which might not be the best option.

Excel’s not the best choice, probably

If you have been following our blog, I’m sure you know our mentality regarding spreadsheets and programs that run them. We do agree spreadsheets are great and are irreplaceable in terms of calculation, analysis, prognosis and other things of such nature, but when you try to implement them in any kind of collaborative work they run way short. Let’s look at Gantt charts for example.
A Gantt chart that is accessible by only one person, is called a timesheet. It can essentially be interpreted as a Gantt chart for the person working on it, but in terms of the rest of the team, it’s a timesheet. A list of names and times and nothing else.
In our opinion a Gantt chart is something that gives the participants the ability to ‘interact’ with it - submit, allocate and modify data already in the chart. Granted, in terms of users rights it’s a whole different story, but by the end of the day, the point remains just this - collaboration.

Gantt and collaboration

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I stop to think, how on earth did we get here without internet. The vast number of possibilities it offers leaves me confused why would anyone not use all the possibilities it has to offer.
The main issue people usually have with sharing their content with the ‘internet’ is security - a very timely and sensible doubt, I’m sure. But as cloud-based services are gaining more and more ground, security is something that is in every service providers focus. Besides, as most hosting services are usually outsourced from world-class professionals, the issue of security is relevant, but misplaced at this point.
Another thing that people often worry about, is sabotage. I do agree it does, to some extent at least, tied to the previous section, but on the other hand is more relevant when talking about co-workers or partners. An easy fix is users rights or roles, that can be assigned to different people who can access the system.

Fear not!

As an organization is in fact a living breathing organism, I see it only proper to use all parts of it to the max. ‘Static’ and ‘local’ are no longer the terms to be used. ‘Dynamic’ and ‘collaborative’ are the terms now and anyone not willing to go with the flow, will risk losing in its efficiency, in worst cases failing completely.