How Mr Gantt Works

Mr Gantt is a new concept that combines all the tools you need to deliver successful projects with in-app coaching from world-renowned project management trainer Chris Croft. From initial planning to project delivery, Mr Gantt will be by your side - here’s how it works.

Let's break it down, step by step.

1

Define Your Project

  • Name your project (i.e. Mr Gantt’s Big Thing)
  • Identify the features, budget and deadline
  • Assign priority to Cost, Time and Quality
  • Choose your preferred units of time
2

Identify tasks and dependencies

  • Learn Chris’ trademark SPM post-it note technique
  • Identify tasks required to deliver features
  • Organise tasks into a logical sequence
  • Find and map dependencies
3

Predict durations, identify costs and allocate resources

  • Add predicted durations of tasks (best and worst case)
  • Add anticipated costs
  • Mr Gantt will automatically find the critical path
  • Assign resources to tasks
4

Build-in contingency and crash the project

  • Get contingency time and cost recommendations
  • Adjust the contingency as you see fit
  • Review project and crash if needed
  • Pass the plan to stakeholders and get signoff
5

Run and monitor your project

  • Log actual work completed and costs incurred
  • Monitor schedule and cost performance charts
  • Learn how to solve problems if things go off track
1

Define your project

You’ll kick off with a quick masterclass from Chris Croft who’ll help you get started, and explain how to get stakeholder buy-in from the outset. Then, with your stakeholders, you’ll define the key aspects of your project, like the deadline, budget and desired features (output). Finally, you’ll tell Mr Gantt how important the three key drivers of Time, Cost and Quality are against each other.

Here’s how you’ll define your project

  • Name your project (i.e. Mr Gantt’s Big Thing)
  • Identify the features, budget and deadline
  • Assign priority to Cost, Time and Quality
  • Choose your preferred units of time
2

Identify tasks and dependencies

Working with the people that’ll be delivering the project, you’ll identify the tasks based on the features list you agreed with stakeholders. Chris Croft will jump in again, giving you some super-useful tips that make this process a breeze, and he’ll also help you arrange your tasks into a sequence and identify dependencies.

Identifying tasks and dependencies

  • Learn Chris’ trademark SPM post-it note technique
  • Identify tasks required to deliver features
  • Organise tasks into a logical sequence
  • Find and map dependencies
3

Predict task durations, identify costs and allocate resources

Now for the questions that make the delivery team squirm - how long will it take, and what will it cost? Chris will be on hand to explain the difference between task duration (time) and hours or days worked (cost), and you'll then ask your team to predict their best and worst-case task durations and any anticipated costs. Mr Gantt will find the project's critical path (the sequence of tasks with the longest duration), and then you'll allocate resources (people) to each task.

Add your delivery team's predictions into Mr Gantt

  • Add predicted durations of tasks (best and worst case)
  • Add anticipated costs
  • Mr Gantt will automatically find the critical path
  • Assign resources to tasks
4

Build-in contingency and crash the project

Now Mr Gantt has all of your predictions, he'll automatically calculate the perfect amount of time and cost contingency. You can go with his recommendations or make adjustments, but as Chris will explain in his videos, having contingency is an essential part of successful project management. Once it’s added, you may find that delivering the project on time or to budget isn't possible, so now's the time to crash it! Chris will talk you through several ways to reduce project duration and cost, and you can then edit it as required.

Add contingency and crash the project

  • Get contingency time and cost recommendations
  • Adjust the contingency as you see fit
  • Review project and crash if needed
  • Pass the plan to stakeholders and get signoff
5

Run and monitor your project

Planning complete! You’re ready to kick off your project. While your project progresses, you’ll be prompted to report back to Mr Gantt with how things are going. From your company dashboard, you’ll get a birds-eye view of all of your projects, telling you how they’re performing against key metrics like schedule and budget, and if you need to, you can jump into the project itself to get more detail on what’s happening and if everything is on track. Mr Gantt is well aware that things don’t always go as planned, so if he sees that you're getting into dangerous territory, he’ll pop up, with practical advice on how you can sort things out.

Running your project

  • Log actual work completed and costs incurred
  • Monitor schedule and cost performance charts
  • Learn how to solve problems if things go off track

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