The Gantt chart is a tool used extremely frequently in project management. It allows creating a schedule for a project and put it on a timeline: as a result, we can see the exact timeframes of each task, stage or the entire project for that matter. Gantt is a visual tool considerably streamlining project management. At present, the charts are enriched with such elements as milestones, rigid dependencies or links, resource management or critical paths.
An inseparable part of project management in the 21st century, aided with such advanced technology, is the proper software that will facilitate your project- and task-related work. Currently, there are many systems available on the market– each one of them is different and streamlines different processes. The key to success is to find the one that proves perfect for the structure of your enterprise. Today, we will focus of project management software featuring the Gantt chart. We have prepared a dedicated compilation where we compare and contrasts different programmes in terms of their functionality, ease of use and the possibilities of the Gantt chart.
IC Project is a 100% Polish and functional programme for project management. It also offers maximum ease and transparency of use. It is quite a complex solution: apart from a high number of project- and task-related functions, it features a lot of additional modules, which allows you to organise the work of your entire enterprise in one place.
With IC Project, you can use two types of project for project management – the ordinary one, which is faster and agile, intended for task-based work as well as the advanced one, where you get a deep project- and task-related structure and advances functions which allow you to control all financial matters in the given project or work on the Gantt chart. As regards tasks, you can manage them with intuitive Kanban boards.
The Gantt chart in IC Project is available at three levels:
• In the general project view – thanks to this, looking at the timeline you will see all your projects in the time context – a schedule of the work of your entire enterprise, so to speak.
• Inside every project – this is the most functional Gantt chart: with it, you will create the entire schedule for a project and you will control and react to any changes or delays in real time.
• In the task board – do you want to manage your tasks with the Gantt chart? There you go. IC Project allows you to switch to Gantt from each task board.
In IC Project, you can personalise each of your projects – using the full structure, you will divide groups of tasks of individual tasks into stages and you will see the overall results of that division on the Gantt chart. You can manage the components of your projects in the timeline view – you move them in time, extend, shorten or spread them, there is full freedom here. As a result, you can create an entire schedule for the given project literally in several dozen seconds and intuitively adapt it to your deadlines.
The Gantt chart in IC Project includes a lot of more advanced functions, for instance the creation of rigid relationships between the components of your project. If the deadlines for the given stage in your project depend on another one, you can link it all and form any dependencies at many levels. In addition, you can add milestones to the chart or determine a critical path, which the system will calculate automatically using its algorithm. If you want, you can also manage your resources in Gantt and download the entire schedule in a file.
To sum up, IC Project is a very interesting tool for project management – dedicated for both small and large enterprises as they can adapt it to their own needs. The software is exceptionally flexible. It allows you to effectively work at the task level, but it also offers a lot for advanced project management. The entire tool is expressed in a transparent and intuitive interface.
The price for 50 users and full functionality: 99 EUR/month
TeamGantt is a complex project management system based on the Gantt chart for the most part. This is a solution offering various views of the Gantt chart as well as basic project management functions – e.g. communication channel for the team, a built-in calendar, simple task management or a work time reporting option.
The system looks quite functional and it is presented in an interesting way. However, the first steps of the user are not the easiest ones, for sure. That said, do notice that the help section contains a lot of guides, which should help get to know the possibilities of the programme. Similarly to IC Project, the Gantt chart in TeamGantt is presented in a variety of ways – if you want, you can use the chart to see all your projects in one view or manage an individual project only. You can manage your deadlines in a simple way – you divide your project and traditionally move its components over the timeline, which changes the deadlines automatically.
In addition, here you can manage the workforce dedicated to specific components and the availability of your team in general. All this, of course, can be done on the Gantt chart. You can also take advantage of rigid relationships thanks to which you can create dependencies between individual components of the given project.
A huge advantage of TeamGantt is that it offers you project status management, thanks to which you will always see the stage of work your team is currently at. What is more, the entire reporting module lets you generate interesting reports using the data inputted in the system. It is worth mentioning the advance feature that is the comparison of history with the current project status – you will see the actual deviations from the assumed plan.
In conclusion, TeamGantt is a very interesting solution, which undoubtedly offers a huge dose of functionality. The entire system is based on the Gantt chart, which allows you to use a timeline to view not only projects, but also how much your team is occupied. This is a big plus when you manage human resources. At the very start, the system is not that easy to use, but the available training videos should help the user make the first steps in the software. A large minus is the fact that the programme is available in English only and that it is… very expensive.
The price for 50 users and full functionality: 762.50 USD/month
InstaGantt is yet another project management programme featuring the Gantt chart. As the name suggests, this is a solution which is straight out based on the chart. The system has some interesting features, but it seems to us that it is a tool dedicated for tasks more than for projects. The Gantt chart looks very nice and transparent, it allows – obviously – to use the drag & drop method to manage task deadlines as well as create the entire project plan and time dependencies. You can also plot a critical path on the chart. The entire result can be downloaded to a PDF.
A huge advantage is the possibility to manage employee engagement, which is demonstrated on a timeline. You can easily see when then given employee has a task to do and when he/she is free and can be given another one. This is a very useful view when you think resource management. However, InstaGantt involves not only the Gantt chart, but also some other additional options. For instance task management on a Kanban board. The methodology, known and like all around the world, is applied in this tool as well. As regards communication, the tool does not offer much: only a system of comments in tasks.
Projects and finances are two aspects that always go hand in hand. In InstaGantt, you can estimate costs and set the hourly rate for your employees – this will allow you to manage project budgets and profitability to a basic degree. A simple module for managing the risk in the given project forms an extra advantage of the programme: this is a rare solution in the project management department.
InstaGantt is an interesting solution and it has some advanced features, but it is not a system that will work in a larger enterprise which would like to manage projects professionally. This is a programme that rather dedicated to task management in different and transparent forms. Unfortunately, InstaGantt is virtually devoid of any support – the only contact channel is… by e-mail. It is difficult to implement such a system without assistance of the supplier. The entire programme is available in English only. The price is not the lowest, but it is acceptable.
The price for 50 users and full functionality: 250 USD/month
TeamHood is a system for managing projects with the Gantt chart. This is a solution offering a lot of additional functions, for instance for task-based work, team communication, work time reporting or many parameters of the Agile methodology.
The programme does not have a very much user-friendly and transparent interface, but it looks functional. When you manage to reach the functions, of course. In TeamHood, you can divide every project into tasks and subtasks – the entire project you will view on the Gantt chart, obviously. You will find here the basic functions, for instance deadline management on a timeline using the drag & drop method, creating dependencies and links and controlling progress and completion status on the Gantt chart. All this allows you to create a project schedule efficiently.
Tasks are managed with Kanban boards, which is obviously connected with the traditional task-related possibilities to use. As regards team communication, the tool offers only task-based work with comments, a notification system or shared work on files and documents – this is rather not much as these are mere basics of every system of that sort.
Please note that TeamHood lets you control employee engagement, which is certainly shown on the timeline. This is where we see an accumulated view of tasks assigned to individual employees as translated into the Gantt chart. In addition, the system features work time reporting and time report generation. Agile parameters include many interesting views, which you can use to see what stage of work you are currently at or what has already been completed and what not. All this is presented on pie or bar charts, which is a convenient visual form.
TeamHood is a tool that may be desired functionally, but the interface leaves much to be desired. The software is also a bit rough: in all likelihood, it is only being developed right now and it might be that it becomes an important market player in project management systems. As for now, it is available in English, German and Lithuanian. The price does not cause any delight as well – in this price bracket you can find a lot of better solutions in a convenient visual form.
The price for 50 users and full functionality: 450 USD/month
GanttPro is a software management programme based on the Gantt chart. It is perfect for planning and supervising projects in the visual form and to managing the engagement of your team. As regards the Gantt chart itself, this is one of the most functional systems on the market – it offers a lot of features to use and is a recognised system appreciated by many a foreign enterprise. It is well worth having a closer look at it.
In short, the programme lets you efficiently manage designs by means of the Gantt chart and offers you possibilities to manage tasks or combine project teams. It also allows you to manage project budgets in a simple way or measure work time. The Gantt chart in this solution includes a lot of features. It allows to plan the entire project and set it deadline-wise with drag & drop. In addition, the tasks presented on the Gantt chart include such parameters as:
• Planned duration
• Assigned individuals
GanttPro offers you a project portfolio view, also on the Gantt chart. This allows you to look at all projects in your enterprise globally and take proper action while in this view if you notice any minor or major deficiencies. Project planning involves Gantt as well – you can use milestones, defined columns, dependencies and links as well as adequate filters. You can export the entire project to different file formats and – interestingly – share it with third parties via a public link.
Certainly, GanttPro simply must offer the option to plot a critical path, measure work time or manage files and documents. All this is available. The calendar for the given project is an interesting solution, where the project as a whole is presented on a calendar – this is one of the extra options to use, which makes GanttPro stand out against its competitors.
To summarise, GanttPro is a complex project management system which is based on the Gantt chart for the most part. If you like visual presentation of your projects and need a lot of functions on the chart, GanttPro can be the solution for you. The beginnings in GanttPro are not easy: you have to get used to a slightly different methods of work – this is not a typical tool for project management, it was designed differently. The system features several language versions – without Polish, unfortunately. The price is not too high, but it is not too low.
The price for 50 users and full functionality: 300 USD/month
Selecting a tool for project management is not an easy task. You always have to consider a lot of important issues – of course, functionality, needs of your enterprise and ease of use are what you should focus on. The task is even more difficult if you would like to have an advanced Gantt chart. While in the selection process, think about what proportions to keep. Should the Gantt chart be an additional advantage for your team in project planning and supervision or should the entire system be based on this solution? It is up to you to choose 🙂