Previously, in Managing a Simple Plan, I have illustrated how a simple plan might be managed using MS Outlook and mind mapping software (MindView). Using the same starting point the plan might also be managed using a Gantt chart.
As before, follow the 5 step procedure to create a plan.
In this instance I'll use the plan referred to previously for replacing my garden shed.
The initial ideas for the plan are added to the MindView template and refined until the list of steps is satisfactory.
Add dates to each step to be included in the plan.
To get a Gantt view of the plan using MindView is simplicity itself - from the "View" menu, select the "Gantt" view.
All the elements of the plan are listed as tasks in the MindView Gantt view. The timeline is created automatically from the dates entered previously, creating the typical Gantt view of tasks over time.
If you go on to manage the plan using MindView you can update the tasks with progress and status or you can edit tasks and add new ones. MindView also includes a project reports function which creates a snapshot of the project for viewing in a browser.
Or if you prefer you can export the plan to MS Project.