In this case, we know that our electrician isn’t reliant on the work of our plumber and vice versa. Because of this, we don’t need to link them up with a dependency.
This is great if, for example, your plumber is caught up for a couple of days, and you need to check what else can be done in the meantime. A quick glance at your Gantt Chart will tell you that regardless of what stage the plumbing is at, you can bring your electrician on site to complete their rough-in.
But rather than spending extra time scheduling our electrician using the AroFlo calendar, we’ll do it right from within our Gantt itself.
By double-clicking on a task within our Gantt Chart, we can easily schedule project tasks without leaving the Projects interface. Better yet, schedules created within a Gantt are linked to our calendar via a two-way communication system, so any changes in one are reflected in the other instantly.
Now that our electricians are booked in, what about the roofers we mentioned earlier?
They’re a busy bunch and don’t want to turn up on site until they know for sure the brickwork is done and they can get to work enclosing the structure.
Being expert project managers, we negotiate with them and reach an agreement that a site inspection should be conducted once the brickwork is complete, so the roofers can see for themselves that the site is ready for them.
To enter this information into our Gantt Chart, we’ll use the helpful Milestone feature to add an inspection:
Here we can see how the features within AroFlo’s Gantt Chart software begin to interlock.
The red diamond indicates the site inspection we agreed on. But to make things even clearer, we’ve not only set a dependency between Brickwork and Roofing, but we’ve also added another dependency to the site inspection milestone itself.
Now, no matter what happens, the site inspection must be conducted before our project can move on to the next stage, keeping work running smoothly and our roofers happy.
Milestones are AroFlo’s answer to the constraints felt by many project managers when utilising Gantt Chart software over more traditional methods. They can be virtually anything you require, decided only by the specifics of your current project and what needs to be signposted along the way.
Maybe we’ll even add another Milestone once the final fit-out is done and our build is complete:
Well-earned if you ask us.
But before we celebrate, we’d better check in with our client and let them know how we plan to deliver their project and help them build their dream home. We don’t want them seeing our current timeline, though, as it includes a lot of business-specific information, so we’ll provide them with a snapshot of our original timeline instead.
To show only our original timeline, we’ll use the handy Baseline dropdown menu to ‘Show baseline only’:
Now they can see the entire project from start to finish, and all we need is their approval to start building with the power of AroFlo’s Gantt Chart functionality at our side.
It’s as easy as that.