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Manage Your Projects More Efficiently by Using a Gantt Chart

[fa icon="calendar"] July 15 / by Anthony Taylor

As a business leader or owner, you likely understand and oversee many aspects of your organization: marketing ,sales,finance etc. However, many people have trouble balancing all the tasks required complete a certain project in a particular area. This is why the world has project managers to help sort out all the details in sequential order so that your project will be completed on time and within the budget.

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Project management is one of my favourite aspects of business. It helps lay out all the pieces of a business puzzle and put them together to create a wonderful and beneficial outcome. One of the most valuable tools in a project managers arsenal is the Gantt chart.

Before beginning a project, a project manager (PM) will lay out all the deliverables required for that particular project. With traditional project management (in contrast with agile methodologies), the PM then puts the tasks in a logical sequential order and assigns a time for how long each task will take to be completed. By understanding ahead of time how long each task takes, as well as the impacts of other project tasks that are linked together, you can get a good understanding of what tasks need to be completed first to keep a project on schedule.

By using Gantt charts to manage your projects you can stay on task, work on your most important goals, and reduce time wasted on things that don't move your business projects forward.

Project management keeps your project on time , on budget and within scope, which is an essential piece of strategic plan implementation (especially when generating team buy-in and accountability). 

 
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Topics: Strategic planning, Project managment, strategic planning tools

Anthony Taylor

Written by Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is thought leader on strategy and leadership. He's a published author on the subject of entrepreneurship and strategy, Anthony can be found doing keynotes in both French and English. You can connect with him on Twitter @anthonyctaylor and have him work with your team on your strategy and organizational development.

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