How the Gantt Chart Got its Start
The earliest form of what we know as the Gantt chart was first designed in 1896 by Polish engineer, Karol Adamiecki, who called it a harmonogram. The harmonogram dramatically helped increase the output of metal rolling mills, machine shops, and other businesses by creating graphic solutions to production problems. The Gantt chart that we know and use today was created around 1910 by Henry Gantt, an American mechanical engineer and management consultant. His version of the harmonogram, called the Gantt chart, was a more visual representation than its predecessor.
The usefulness of Gantt charts became apparent right away, but there were some difficulties in its application. Although Gantt charts are relatively simple and easy to make, every project change required the chart to be redrawn. Because projects are constantly undergoing changes, the inability to change Gantt charts without completely redrawing them was a tedious setback. However, the problem of redrawing Gantt charts became obsolete with the rise of the computer.
In today’s digital world, Gantt charts are much more practical because they can be adapted with just a few clicks. Now, project portfolio managers can combine the visual benefits of Gantt charts with the ease of planning and adapting provided by computer software. Now that we’ve explained the perfect marriage of Gantt charts and modern technology, let’s look at the advantages this marriage can provide portfolio managers.