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If you are the one responsible for reporting to the project management and they love Gantt Charts, there is maybe more damage not to do them then to do them even if you know they are not the correct way how to visualize the project. Ken Schwaber, the co-inventor of Scrum, describes similar situation he had during his experience in his book Agile Project ...


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Not at all! The mindset (based on predictive process control, theory X) for which Gantt are invented as a tool are totally incompatible with the agile mindset (empiric process control, theory Y). Read this post by Jeff Sutherland (co-inventor Scrum) why Gantt chart were banned in the first Scrum sprints!


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The other way is to build trust. Your colleagues need to realize that the kind of planning they want to do is simply impossible and an outdated method of working in most cases. Gantt charts only work when the work to be done and the burn rate are very predictable. Neither of them is in software development. There is a better way of navigating these ...


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Resource leveling will not move remaining work forward. The resource leveling command's sole function to the resolve resource overallations. If you want to move all remaining work out of the past, use the Tools > Tracking, Update Project, Reschedule uncompleted work to start after command. Do not keep changing the Project start date. Set your status date (...


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An Agile concept that I've used to map somewhat nicely to a gantt-like chart is a Story Map. There are many different styles, you can research on the interwebz to find the one that seems to fit your project best. One of the common problems I've seen with agile development teams is that it's easy to get focused on this sprint and lose the overall sense of ...


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Have you considered exporting the relevant data to Excel? If you display the Task Sheet (use the View ribbon) you can certainly save that view as PDF as well. Saving as PDF just prints the current view to a PDF printer. I would filter and show only the tasks of interest - instead of saving the entire list.


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Whilst David's answer is the right one in an ideal world, it is possible to achieve what you want by: Removing all the columns depicting start and end times (or moving the Gantt chart margin over them so they don't show), and Modifying the timescale appropriately- For example if you double-click on the timescale headings and remove all but one tier, then ...


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Other possible solution would be to upload your MS Project file to google drive. Once there, try to open it and a popup will display asking you to use a couple of free tools: 1. Gantter for google drive 2. Project viewer for google drive Then, I guess you can share the file with your team. Another option would be to use Office 365 online. In that way, you ...


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Yes there is value. Do you know the dependencies of all the tasks? Can you guarantee that you understand the critical path (your comment that "everything is on the critical path" strongly suggests that you don't fully understand the implications of critical path.) Are there alternate ways to organize the tasks that would result in a better delivery date? ...


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Part of the reasons we measure velocity and score stories weeks in advance (even though this is subject to change), is so we can project into the future. I think your boss is saying Gaant Chart, but what they really want is some kind of projection. Improve/split up the stories in your backlog ahead of time, score some stories, look at velocity, and see if ...


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A Gantt chart is a scheduling and not a resource tool. It documents the planned order and inter-relationship of activities needed to develop project products, and from this you can identify a critical path, but not resource constraints. A program like Project will integrate resource calculations with scheduling calculations, but conceptually they are ...


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Fantastic question; significant overlap with my situation. I've got a couple of disorganized observations in response. First, planning without the team violates the assumptions in the PMBOK. I don't mean to treat the PMBOK as gospel, but I've found that pointing out that a given practice is at odds with the PMBOK is enough to get the audience to listen to ...


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Have you tried using the Date Selection provided in the Print Dialog? Date selection options are highlighted in blue color in the following screenshot: I tried it in MS Project 2007 and it worked fine. Full chart was taking 3 pages, when I used the date range then the chart got printed in 2 pages.


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Having recently compared many online Gantt solutions, I can also recommend Gantter.com as being one of the most polished and visually similar to MS Project. It still has bugs and the interface is cramped in a single browser window, but enables printing and optional tight integration with Google Drive. Possible security concerns if you install the optional ...


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Gantt charts are not compatible with Scrum because in scrum dependencies of task are not fixed i.e it keeps on changing which in result can increase the complexity of gantt chart. So, I suggest not to use gantt charts in scrum - Avinav


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As with everything in project management the answer is "it depends". The task list you mention would deliver roughly the same value as a Gantt, assuming your project isn't really complex. If your project is complex enough (however you choose to define complexity) a Gantt could be more useful just from the perspective that updating a Gantt will also spit out ...


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Additional benefits of a one-man-band gantt chart: understanding interfaces: Even a simple project will have interfaces with other people, departments or processes. Are there any approvals, partial milestones, forms, inputs, meetings or reviews in addition to the start and end of the project? Something as silly as a meeting can take more than a week to ...


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Although I am not familiar with Project Libre, my reading of that article is that the author refers to "Driving Milestones" to mean externally imposed milestones- the things that drive the project. Personally I don't see any practical difference between what he calls "Driving Milestones" and "Buoys", where Buoys are the "marker" milestones that surface from ...


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...when the consumers of the report or graphic find it not useful.... I do not mean to be trite but we tend to forget that a report or table or graph is for the benefit of the consumers of that data, not the benefit of the producers of that data. Instead of trying to understand when to use Gantt chart, or any other type of tool, by way of type of project ...


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One approach I have seen used is to have a roadmap which has epics/features shown as circle or ovals whose size gives a rough indication of the work involved. There is either no time units indicated or at the most quarter years are shown. The idea is to make it deliberately vague, but still give an indication of the possible order in which work will be done....


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Your backlog combined with your velocity is a rough road map. Next 1-3 Sprints - well defined and decomposed. We understand this and have some certainty. Next 6 Months - Bigger rocks that we can long term for sat 6-12 months - Ideas (even bigger rocks) 12 months + - vision, direction You can easily draw columns that are sprints and place the backlog you ...


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A Gantt chart is a project status report, not a planning or control tool. Your manager is really asking you for the following: a list of features status of features dependencies between features visual representation of relative resources needed to complete features key resources needed to complete features One way to construct a Gantt chart that ...


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Why are you attempting to produce a Gantt chart? I suggest that you read the Scrum Guide as this will provide a background into relevant Scrum artifacts. I expect the real reason is that the business is not buying into Scrum and is expecting artifacts based on project management methodologies such as Prince or PMP in which case you have 3 options... ...


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The work you do before you have contract is of no concern to the customer. The customer would not care what you did, how much it cost you, whether you had issues doing that work, etc. If you added it to the customer's scope of work, it's only noise that adds no value. The other way to look at it is that it is none of their business, either. You may have ...


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I would say "blocked" for the first one and one of "unblocked", "ready" or "to do" for the second one.


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Optimize Terminology for Clarity of Communications You are describing phase gates. There isn’t a universally-accepted set of terms for your desired project states, but each phase should have a set of project-specific status labels that communicate the state of the project or the gating criteria. An organizational or project glossary is typically where you ...


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Gantt charts are best suited to projects when the work is predictable. I haven't found them particularly useful for software development. One good use would be for a project that involves on-boarding a new client.


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I just spent a week comparing quite a few free online Gantt chart solutions. I have not found anything that is visually similar to MS Project that is free. I settled on free excel template that I converted to G doc (the "simple" one from this page https://exceltemplate.net/gantt-chart) It's online on our google drive to allow for collaboration. Does the ...


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Try out Wrike – it has a good Gantt chart with ability to drag-and-drop tasks, create dependencies and milestones. The service is collaborative, so it enables you to share and edit tasks with other users. Besides, it has a number of useful features for task management, email and Google Drive integration, so you can manage all data in one place.


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Interesting question - I would love to see where this question led in the end, if there is one. I happen to be researching a very similar problem... related to personal scheduling. There are individuals who manage all their tasks and appointments in a single place - their calendar. I happen to be searching for quality indicators that can be used to give a ...


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