AO2 You need to be able to: Demonstrate application and analysis of knowledge and understanding Command Terms: These terms require students to use their knowledge and skills to break down ideas into simpler parts and to see how the parts relate: Analyse, Apply, Comment, Demonstrate, Distinguish, Explain, Interpret, Suggest
AO3 You need to be able to: Demonstrate synthesis and evaluation. Command terms these terms require you to rearrange component ideas into a new whole and make judgments based on evidence or a set of criteria. Compare, Compare and contrast, Contrast, Discuss, Evaluate, Examine, Justify, Recommend, To what extent
AO4 You need to be able to Demonstrate a variety of appropriate skills. Command Terms These terms require you to demonstrate the selection and use of subject-specific skills and techniques: Annotate, Calculate, Complete, Construct, Determine, Draw, Identify, Label, Plot, PrepareGantt charts, used in project management, are one of the most effective ways of showing activities or tasks or events over the rquired time period. On the left of the chart it lists the activities and along the top is the time scale. Each activity is represented by a bar: the position and length of the bar shows the start date, the duration of the activity and the end date of the activity. This allows managers to see quickly?
- What the main activities are
- When each activity starts and ends in relation to other activities
- How long each activity lasts
- Overlapping bars show simultaneous activities (can be done at the same time as each other) thus saving overall time
- The start and end dates of the whole project
Creating a Gantt Chart
1. Identify essential tasks
All activities must be included/ earliest start dates and duration must be estimated - easier if similar projects have been done before.
2. Identify relationships between activities
Some tasks will need to be started only after preceding tasks are finished (Linear tasks), Some tasks can occur simultaneously (Parallel tasks)
3. Draw the chart
Usually specialised software or templates are used these days and cloud computing allows many mangers to access the planning tool even if they are at different locations.
Example - note also the use of colour
Advantages of Gantt Charts
Possible issues with Gantt Charts