Creating the “GANTT Chart” in the Scheduling Tool<br />Complete Activity List<br />Switch to GANTT view<br />Create Links within “Parent” groups<br />“Roll up” parents<br />Create links between Parents<br />“Roll” up Work Packages<br />Create links between “Work Packages”<br />
Creating Links<br />Use the “Link” tool<br />Usually creates “default” dependency (Finish-to-Start FS)<br />Enter into Activity List<br />Insert “Pedecessor” Column<br />Type in predecessor and type of dependency<br />Use “Task Info” box<br /><ul><li>Never create links between “Parent” or “Work Package” lines
Choose an activity – usually the first one</li></li></ul><li>Linking between Parents/Work Packages<br />Realistic schedules are 100’s to 1000’s of activities long<br />Rolling up before linking allows us to see the “big picture”, and establish connections between activities that are not near each other<br />Remember that dependencies only occur between activities<br />Eg. Here we are linking the “Optical Test Meter” and “Optical Test” parent activities<br />Note the connection is between activities 53 and 30, not 36 and 11<br />
Viewing the network<br />Most scheduling applications will have a “PERT” or “Network” view <br />Switch to this:<br />Move the “nodes” into an “aesthetically” pleasing network<br />“reality check” the completeness of you dependencies<br />
WORKED EXAMPLE: Table Construction Project<br />Create a sequence for the Table Construction Project using “Table Construction – Activities Included.mpp”<br />Additional Info:<br />Paint takes 1 day to cure<br />Average delivery time for attachment hardware is 10 days<br />
The “reality check”<br />Once the links are entered, they should form a complete network<br />Everything ties in to “something”<br />As much as possible, all the “loose ends” tie back together at the end<br />
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