Better scheduling with critical path and baselines

Your schedules are not always fireproof. Even if you create your schedule to make the best use of time and resources, changes along the way, or unexpected delays can put the project in a fix. The Gantt chart brings advanced features that helps avoid delays and makes sure the deadlines are met.

Trace the project's critical path

The path with the longest duration in a project is marked in red as the critical path and the tasks in this path are critical tasks. A delay in any of these tasks directly risk on-time project completion.

Critical path

Prevent tasks from overruns

While it's necessary to finish critical tasks on time, it is equally important to keep an eye on non-critical tasks. Slack lines show the acceptable delay for non-critical tasks. If they stretch beyond the slack, the tasks become critical. 

Critical path Slack

Record your initial plan with a project baseline

As the project progresses, there's a good chance that you overlook schedule changes here and there. These small changes, however, can cost the project dearly. Set a project baseline at the beginning of the project, against which you can compare progress later.

Set Baseline

Compare baselines to gauge progress

Create baselines from time to time and compare it against the current progress. The gray bars against the task bars show how ahead or behind schedule you are—or if everything is going as planned. Use these insights to reorganise and replan if needed.

Compare baseline

Calculate slippage and end variance

The Gantt chart shows the slippage, which is the difference between the baseline’s start date and the current start date, as a thin gray line. The end variance is the difference between the baseline’s end date and the current end date of the task. While a positive red value indicates a delay, a negative green number shows that you are ahead of the plan.

Slack and End Variance