How to Add a Gantt Chart to SharePoint
By Janice Uwujaren
One tool you can use to visually monitor project progress and determine whether tasks are on track is a Gantt chart. A Gantt chart is a graphical representation of the duration of tasks that a team will accomplish for a project. Developing a Gantt chart means determining the start and end dates for all tasks required to complete the project. In SharePoint, you can convert any list to a Gantt view. However, you must ensure that your list contains fields that can be mapped to a title, start date and due date. If none of the fields in your list can be mapped, you must create them to use the Gantt view.
Access the list in SharePoint that you would like to convert to a Gantt chart.
Click on the view selector in the right corner of the list menu and select the "Create View" option.
Choose the "Gantt View" format on the "Create View" page.
Enter a descriptive name with no spaces in the "View Name" field in the "Name" section of the page that opens. This section also gives you the option of making this Gantt view the default view.
Specify whether you want the view to be a personal or public view in the "Audience" section.
Select and order the columns you would like to include in the view in the "Columns" section.
Map the list columns that should be used by the Gantt chart to represent "Title," "Start Date" and "Due Date" in the "Gantt Columns" section. Optionally, you can also map a list column to "Percent Complete."
Click OK to finish creating the Gantt view. The Gantt view will display in two sections: the Gantt chart and a summary of your list data based on the columns you selected as you created the view.
Janice Uwujaren has been writing professionally since 1996. Her articles have been published on various websites. Her experience includes developing content for proposals, websites, training materials and technical documentation. Uwujaren has a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from Strayer University.