FIGURE 13-3. Bar/milestone chart.

Bar charts can be converted to partial interrelationship charts by indicating (with arrows) the order in which activities must be performed. Figure 13-4 represents the partial interrelationship of the activities in Figures 13-1 and 13-2. A full interrelationship schedule is included under the discussion of PERT networks in Chapter 12.

The most common method of presenting data to both in-house management and the customer is through the use of bar charts. Care must be taken not to make the figures overly complex so that more than one interpretation can exist. A great deal of information and color can be included in bar charts. Figure 13-5 shows a grouped bar chart for comparison of three projects performed during different years. When using different shading techniques, each area must be easily definable and no major contrast should exist between shaded areas, except for possibly the current project. When grouped bars appear on one chart, nonshaded bars should be avoided. Each bar should have some sort of shading, whether it be cross-hatched or color-coded.

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