Gantt Chart Timescales

The view on the right hand side will have two timescales, a major timescale and a minor timescale, as shown below.

Major Timescale

Minor Timescale

Major Timescale

Minor Timescale

You can change the major and minor timescales by placing the cursor over the timescales and right mouse clicking. Select Zoom to increase or decrease the timescale.

When you select Zoom you will get the following form:

Select the range that you wish to see. You can also select Timescale in the dropdown menu to change both the major and minor times. Selecting Timescale will give you the following form:

You can now adjust the major and minor time as you wish. Using this feature you can view your project over hours or weeks, or whatever is most appropriate.

When adding goals, you can type the information directly into the left hand side of the screen. Let us begin by making the schedule for our developer during the envisionment phase of our project. During this phase the developer will have minimal input into the project. This is a perfect time for the developer to spend time learning new skills or improving old ones.

When making a Gantt chart, you are showing how the time resource is being used by your goal. You are not making an hourly working schedule. This means that you are not saying that on April 15th from 9 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. I will be working on goal 1 when using a Gantt chart. Instead, a Gantt chart will show that two hours of the time resource have been allocated to working on goal 1 on April 15th without saying which two hours.

Once you have allocated the total time resource for the day to different goals, you can use a standard scheduling program to assign what hours in the day will belong to each goal. Thus, the Gantt chart could allocate one hour to goal 1, four hours to goal 2, and one hour to goal 3 on April 15th. You can then use a calendar program such as the one in Outlook to assign 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. for goal 1, 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. and 12 P.M. to 3 P.M. for goal 2, 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. for goal 3 and 4 P. M. to 5 P.M. for administrative tasks.

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