A little over 100 years ago Henry Gantt further developed an existing visual tool for plotting the intricacies of project scheduling. Now referred to as a Gantt Chart, obviously named for its’ creator, this process has remained largely unchanged and unchallenged since its inception. What has changed in the past century, especially in the United States, are the types of work that professionals are conducting.
A report published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics outlines the differences between the professional arena in 1915 and 2015. Striking differences can be seen between manufacturing jobs which decreased from 32.4% to only 8.7% of the overall employment for US workers. On the other hand, professional services positions increased from 3% to the largest employment arena in the United States at 28.9% of total workers.
Considering the employment and services shift that has happened throughout the past century, businesses must ensure that they are adapting and addressing their clients and projects with tools that are capable of handling the new environment they are operating in. Learn how to use Excel to generate Gantt Charts.
Gantt Charts were originally created to increase the efficiency of visualizing project management timelines. The renaming of task names, start dates, duration, and end dates are represented by cascading horizontal bar charts. Critical aspects of the project are visualized within this chart. This visualization hoped to streamline the project management and oversight process, and for simple non-dynamic projects it did just that.
Where a gantt chart falls short is integrating large amounts of project planning data, dynamic personnel data, and ever changing timelines. Every professional services manager understands the need of having every aspect of a project understood, managed, and visualized all at the same time. Even contemporary charts are incapable of bridging the requirements gap that new fast-paced firms are levying on there business tools.
As a project manager/business owner, nothing is more frustrating than having to reference numerous static tools to manage one project.
For everyone who is too tired of creating endless Gantt charts that no one reads and few understand, we are here to explain why they just don’t work for contemporary businesses anymore:
To address these shortfalls, we here at Bric have dedicated ourselves to the pursuit of streamlining the way professionals conduct business, and it’s this mission that has lead us to develop the Bric software suite. Improving on the Gantt Chart process in every way, Bric’s software provides clients with a seamless way to integrate their project planning with the rest of their business.
In order to ensure Bric provides your business with the best possible solution to your project management needs we have divided the process of doing business into five critical elements:
Designed with your whole team in mind, Bric provides the integration necessary to ensure your business is capable of addressing all of the dynamic demands on its’ time and resources. Gone are the days of worrying that your excel spreadsheets are up to date. With Bric all of your business planning needs, project management, and employee utilization needs are integrated together in one easy to use system. Best of all Bric provides all of these benefits at a fraction of the cost. Quit paying a single employee to manage your projects, save money, and integrate your entire team with Bric.
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