Project planning is a discipline for stating how a project will be accomplished within a certain timeframe and budget.
It is often tempting to just roll up your sleeves and start bringing the project into being. But time taken to plan and create a project plan will actually ensure that you don't rush into something and make foolish mistakes because you didn't plan for something. The old saying 'Act in haste, repent at leisure' is certainly very true, but with a good project plan you simply will not have to repent, because everything will be fine.
A Gantt chart is a popular bar chart that aims to show the timing of tasks or activities as they occur across time. Although the Gantt chart did not initially show the relationships between activities, this has become more common in current use as both timing and interdependencies between tasks can be identified. This video presentation is a step by step guide to making a Gantt chart using Microsoft Excel 2007.
The key to a successful project is in the planning. Creating a project plan is the first thing you should do when undertaking any project. Often project planning is ignored in favour of getting on with the work. However, many people fail to realise the value of a project plan for saving time, money and many problems.