Named after Henry Gantt, who effectively created the first type of gantt charts in the early 1910´s in the United States, the gantt charts are by today a very important management method used largely for the planning and scheduling of large infrastructural projects. Henry Gantt, who was in fact a mechanical engineer, was pretty much interested in the processes and organization of work perfomance and wrote several papers, essays and books on these topics over the course of his career. According to Gantt scheduling activities and following a reasonable order of work are the most significant elements for a prosperous working environment. Gantt´s charts help to evaluate and improve the performance of industrial operations and its individual steps. The gantt chart is mostly a graphic plan that helps with planning, controlling and understanding work schemes. In addition, this specific visualizing form of chart likewise helps to record as well as follow the general development process as well as the individual phases of the project.
These days this chart method has been translated into bits and bytes, resulting in its advanced and modern version, the gantt software. There is a vast range of different computer software available these days that can help with a number of tasks showing promptly and thoroughly whether you are ahead or behind the plan. There are various areas that gain from such understandable visualization charts and therefore the usage of gantt software is very popular in industrial sectors such as logistics, project management or production planning. But it has equally shown to be very practical with regular users for organizing jobs and monitoring ongoing projects. Today’s software basing on the gantt charts also provides new ideas for old planning methods. Furthermore the understandable work breakdown diagrams not only offer an organizing help, but also help not to lose track of those small stages in the total picture.