Create a GANTT chart to:
The chart shows work items and their dependencies. Also, the blue bar is shaded to indicate progress (i.e. when there is completed work). A red line shows 'today' on the chart, which can be used to see if the project is on track.
Opposed to many of the alternatives (and especially hand-crafted planning sheets), this chart shows live data. No longer work with old data, or spend time to recreate the chart.
Create a query with the work items you want to visualize. Save the query and press the GANTT tab to see the chart. Create a hierarchical query to get summary tasks.
If, for example, your project consists of an epic with child items (e.g. features) and these also contain child items, you may want to create a query of type 'Tree of work items'. Select the epic and choose 'Parent/Child' as the tree type:
You can also use a query of type 'Work items and direct links'. For the linked work items, return items that have matching links of type 'child'.
Start and end dates
Items usually start when predecessors finish. Next to this, the following standard fields are used to determine the start and end dates of work items:
When a start date cannot be determined, it will get the default value of tomorrow, start of business.
Although we think the GANTT chart is a must-have for effective project management, there are some limitations: