What is a Gantt Chart?

Student Dialog - What is a Gantt Chart?

 

Heather: I'm doing group work in my theater production class. Guess who gets chosen to organize our entire project? Me.  

Sage: Wait, you have to do what for your project?  

Heather: We have to do a play from conception and writing all the way through to the performances. And they chose me to organize the timelines for everything.  

Sage: So what are you going to do?  

Heather: I don't know. Any ideas?  

Jose: Not me.  

Deena: I think Brian might have a suggestion.  

Heather: Really?  

Brian: Well, I know how to do these Gantt Charts.  

Sage: Gantt Charts?  

Deena: Yeah, they help you organize and schedule time. They're very useful for elaborate projects.

Brian: Deena taught me how to use them. She could tell you too, Heather.  

Deena: Oh, no, Brian, you know them as well as I do by now. I think it's time for you to work on tutoring someone else in the group.  

Sage: Brian? Teach us about something other than parties?  

Brian: I'll teach you about something other than parties!  

Heather: Please, Brian. Could you just teach me how to organize my project?  

Jose: Yeah. You could cuss out Sage some other time.  

Brian: Ok, Heather, just this once.  

Heather: So just what is a Gantt Chart besides just a way to organize time?  

Brian: The advantage of a Gantt Chart is in the graphical way the steps are shown. It consists of two main areas: a timeline table and a timeline bar chart. With these features the bars can be updated to show progress.  

Deena: Or lack of progress. Not that being behind ever happens. Ha Ha.  

Brian: Well if there are delays, you can see how it will affect the whole project.  

Heather: That sounds just like what I need to use for my project.  

Jose: Sounds there are a lot of places a Gantt chart can be useful.  

Brian: Deena uses one to plan and organize her annual family picnics. They usually invite a lot of people from out of town.  

Sage: Maybe next year she will put us on her list.  

Jose: Sounds good to me. When is it, Deena?  

Deena: July. And I plan to invite everyone. I just haven't set the exact date yet. I'll let you know.

 

 

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