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Quick and easy Gantt chart using Excel [templates]

Published on Feb 18, 2014 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Quick and easy Gantt chart using Excel [templates]

Gantt charts are a very popular way to visually depict project plans. Today, let us learn how to use Excel to make quick & easy Project Plan Gantt Chart.

This is what we will be creating.

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Designing a dashboard to track Employee vacations [case study]

Published on Jan 24, 2013 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel

Employee Vacation Dashboard & Tracker using Excel

HR managers & department heads always ask, “So what is the vacation pattern of our employees? What is our average absent rate?”

Today lets tackle that question and learn how to create a dashboard to monitor employee vacations.

What do HR Managers need? (end user needs)

There are 2 aspects tracking vacations.

1. Data entry for vacations taken by employees
2. Status dashboard to summarize vacation data

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Gantt Box Chart Tutorial & Template – Download and Try today

Published on Jul 12, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Gantt Box Chart Tutorial & Template – Download and Try today

On Firday, we proposed a new chart for showing project plans. I chose an ugly name for it and called it Gantt Box Chart. Essentially, a gantt box chart is what you get when a gantt chart and box plot go to a bar, get drunk and decide to make out. It shows the project […]

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A Gantt Chart Alternative – Gantt Box Chart

Published on Jul 9, 2010 in Charts and Graphs
A Gantt Chart Alternative – Gantt Box Chart

Traditional project plans use Gantt Charts to depict the plan. While gantt charts work great and provide instant picture of overall plan, they fail to communicate the uncertainty in the plan. In most real world projects, the plans always change. Most of the management energy is spent on controlling and communicating about this plan uncertainty. This is where a project plan like gantt box chart can help. This chart (as shown above) clearly shows the variance in end dates of project tasks thus giving a clear picture of uncertainty in the plan. Read more to find out how this chart can be used in project management.

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Automatic Rolling Months in Excel [Formulas]

Published on Apr 6, 2010 in Excel Howtos, Learn Excel
Automatic Rolling Months in Excel [Formulas]

Often when we are making spreadsheets for forecasting or planning we would like to keep the starting month dynamic so that rest of the months in the plan can automatically rolled. Don’t understand? See this example: This type of setup is quite useful as it lets us change the starting month very easily. We can […]

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Group Project Activities to Make Readable Gantt Charts

Published on Feb 11, 2010 in Charts and Graphs, Learn Excel
Group Project Activities to Make Readable Gantt Charts

In Excel Gantt Charts part of our project management series, we have discussed about how using Conditional Formatting and Formulas we can make a gantt chart like this: But when you have large project plans, gantt charts like above can get pretty intense and hard to read. So a better approach is to group various […]

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One Hundred Project Managers have chosen to be better, what about you?

Published on Nov 20, 2009 in products

As of yesterday, the project management templates have crossed 100 customer milestone. That is right my friend, one hundred project managers have chosen to manage their projects better using our templates. I have asked our customers to share their feedback and this is what they say: I think that the templates are excellent. A million […]

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The Project Management Bundle for Excel is Here, Download your copy today

Published on Oct 14, 2009 in excel apps, Featured, products
The Project Management Bundle for Excel is Here, Download your copy today

I have a super exciting news for all our members. During the last several weeks, I have been working on making 24 strikingly remarkable and easy to use excel templates for better project management. Finally the bundle is ready. You can get a copy of the bundle starting today.

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Use burn down Charts in your project management reports [bonus post]

Published on Jul 21, 2009 in Charts and Graphs
Use burn down Charts in your project management reports [bonus post]

A burn down chart is a good way to understand the progress of a project. It is like a run chart that describes work left to do versus time. In this tutorial we will learn how to make a burn down chart using excel. This is a bonus installment to the project management using excel series.

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Gantt Charts – Project Management Using Excel [Part 1 of 6]

Published on Jun 16, 2009 in Charts and Graphs, Featured, Learn Excel
Gantt Charts – Project Management Using Excel [Part 1 of 6]

This is a 6 part tutorial on project management using microsoft excel. These posts represent few of the things related to project management using excel that I have learned over the years. The first installment deals with Preparing & tracking a project plan using Gantt Charts in MS Excel.

The other parts I am planning are, Day to day operations – using to do lists, Preparing a project time line, Time sheets and Resource management, Tracking issues and risks, Project Status Reporting – Dashboard.

Read the first part of the article to learn how to make excel gantt charts / project plans.

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Gantt in 60 seconds – churn out an excel project plan in no time

Published on May 20, 2008 in business, Charts and Graphs, hacks, ideas, Learn Excel, technology
Gantt in 60 seconds – churn out an excel project plan in no time

One of the most frequent tasks for any manager is “planning”, be it putting together a hiring schedule or designing a jumbo jet, it all starts with a simple project plan and gantt chart is simple and intuitive representation of the same. But how to make a gantt chart in excel without writing too many […]

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