Here, we refer to such applications as Gantt applications.
Different Gantt applications have different features and capabilities: in the discussion below we describe some of the more common ones.
Mind mapping software, which encourages creative thinking, will help you to develop a work breakdown structure and ensure that nothing is omitted from the overall project plan.
If the mind mapping software incorporates Gantt charting (i.e.
There are four possible relationships (dependencies) between tasks: Here each task has a single predecessor, the simplest arrangement. In such situations you will need to think carefully about possible undesirable consequences.
For example, if you added another predecessor to the "Paper to printers" task above, it would be possible for that predecessor to push out "Paper to printers" so that its end date was later than the start of printing.
When planning the production of a marketing brochure for instance, you could use lead time to make the creation of artwork start a few days before the writing phase is over.
The two tasks are however still linked, which means that a delay of the writing phase will also delay the creation of the artwork.
For instance, a publication must be written and proofread before it can be printed.
To achieve this, the Gantt application lets you link tasks so that they depend on each other.