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May 17, 2023

Streamlining Project Management: How Gantt Charts Improve Visibility and Collaboration

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For complex organizations, managing projects and teams can be a challenge. With multiple teams working on various projects simultaneously, maintaining visibility into project timelines and dependencies can be hard to achieve. This lack of visibility can lead to delays, miscommunications, and errors that can impact project outcomes. 

To address these challenges, organizations need a reliable tool that can improve visibility and provide a clear understanding of project timelines and dependencies.

One such tool is the Gantt chart, a project management tool that provides a visual representation of a project's timeline, tasks, and dependencies. Gantt charts are essential tools for project managers looking to improve visibility into project timelines and dependencies. Here are some benefits of using Gantt charts:

  • Better planning: With a Gantt chart, project managers can plan projects more effectively by breaking down tasks and dependencies into smaller, manageable chunks. This makes it easier to identify potential issues and delays before they become problems.
  • Increased collaboration: Gantt charts enable teams to work together more efficiently by providing a shared understanding of project timelines and dependencies. This fosters more effective collaboration and communication among team members, leading to better outcomes.
  • Improved project monitoring: By tracking progress against the Gantt chart, project managers can identify potential delays and take corrective action..

However, to realize the full potential of Gantt charts, it's crucial to follow best practices when creating and updating them. Starting with a clear project plan is essential, as a Gantt chart is only as good as the project plan it's based on. Before creating a Gantt chart, make sure you have a clear project plan that outlines all the tasks and dependencies.

Breaking tasks down into smaller subtasks makes the Gantt chart more manageable, making it easier to track progress and identify any delays. Highlighting critical tasks with colors draws attention to important tasks, making it easier to identify tasks that need to be completed on time.

Gantt charts should be updated regularly to reflect changes in the project timeline. This helps project managers to stay on top of the project and identify any potential delays early on. For organizations that manage complex projects, using a tool like DevStride can streamline the process of updating Gantt charts.

DevStride is a cutting-edge project and portfolio management tool that provides unprecedented collaboration, planning, execution, and analysis tools to streamline work coordination across multiple teams. DevStride's Gantt chart feature is a powerful tool that can help project managers improve visibility into project timelines and dependencies. With DevStride's Gantt chart, teams can easily map dependencies across multiple teams and workstreams, and adopt a hybrid work style that combines the best of waterfall and agile methodologies.

While managing complex projects and teams is challenging, using Gantt charts can improve visibility and help organizations avoid common pitfalls. With the right tool, like DevStride, organizations can achieve better outcomes, deliver coherent value across their entire portfolio of work, and remain competitive in their industries. By following best practices when creating and updating Gantt charts, organizations can leverage the full potential of this project management tool and streamline their project management processes.

The DevStride Difference - we gantt wait to tell you!

DevStride’s new Gantt feature is so exciting that we gantt wait to tell you more about it! Here are just a few of the capabilities you can expect. Our Gantt chart:

  • allows items to adopt a hybrid work style that combines the best of waterfall and agile, all in one tool. 
  • provides an easy way to pull in the projects you want to see on the gantt charts. It’s as easy as drag and drop.
  • allows you to map dependencies across multiple teams, boards, and workstreams. From a single project to projects across an entire organization, what you view and manage in a gantt chart is up to you.
  • can be expanded or collapsed easily to display your preferred level of detail. This provides teams an uncomplicated way to manage project information.
  • supports both a strict mode and free mode that gives you the choice to auto sync downstream date dependencies.
  • allows customization of bar color to give you the ability to control how chart information is displayed
  • is fully integrated with all the capabilities of our project and portfolio management solution, allowing you to enjoy all the features DevStride provides and the real-time information you need.

About DevStride

DevStride stands apart as a modern project and portfolio management tool that delivers unprecedented collaboration, planning, execution, and analysis capabilities to complex teams. Large organizations have to coordinate work with many teams at once, and DevStride provides a seamless experience that breaks down project silos to drive coherent value delivery across a portfolio of work. When two or more teams need to collaborate to reach a goal, DevStride is there. 

DevStride offers easy and flexible strategic project and portfolio mapping, visual boards, and tools to track work progress. These capabilities enable effective collaboration and provide decision support that allow teams to deliver better outcomes.

Here are just a few of the key ways DevStride’s powerful solution can help you in your project and portfolio management goals:

Project Management savvy - Purpose built for agile project and portfolio management by agile practitioners who have lived it. DevStride supports Scrum, SAFe, Kanban, as well as traditional project management, and more. DevStride delivers the approach every team needs across the organization, regardless of the framework they use.

Workstream mapping to strategic goals and objectives - ensures work is focused on the right projects and is aligned with goals.

Visual boards and indicators - display throughout the tool for ease of use and information at-a-glance, including priorities, progress, completion rates, and status. 

Collaborative workspaces - support communication through common workspaces, breaking silos and promoting cohesion. 

Advanced filtering and reporting - DevStride gives instant access to status and multidimensional data up and down all projects, enterprise-wide. Its flexible custom fields and tags allow team members to track risks, bugs, ratings, priorities and any other relevant information, providing an easy way to search, sort, and report on any data, any time. Reports include burn up, burn down, velocity, progress, throughput, cumulative flow, churn, and more.

Prioritization and sizing - planned work and backlogs are clear and easy to manage through priority fields, tags, Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) estimation capabilities, T-Shirt sizing, story points, and more.

Dynamic roadmapping - provides an easy way to manage story and epics for release tracking.

Workflow automations - allow users to make use of intuitive, customizable event and criteria-based triggers to notify owners, promote task management, monitor for potential issues, and stay informed.

Work in Progress (WIP) limiters - manage the risk of task overload and potential delays.

Rich Analytics - DevStride reports and analytics provide a powerful and effective way to identify potential issues before they become problems. Beyond raw data, DevStride tightens feedback loops and provides deep insights to make the kind of informed decisions leaders and teams need.

Meaningful AI, today - DevStride supports the ability to easily generate workstreams, tasks, and even relevant content through impressive artificial intelligence capabilities.

If you need access to a modern project and portfolio management tool that can help you plan and control your projects, then schedule an introductory call with us today

Tired of guessing, failing, and losing time to rework? Contact DevStride. www.Devstride.com

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