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Henry Gantt - Debunking the myths

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Patrick Weaver
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It may come as a big surprise to many, but Henry L. Gantt did not invent bar charts despite many people miss-labelling them ‘Gantt Charts’ and he had nothing to do with developing project management either!

This definitive paper highlights the origins of bar charts in Scotland in the 18th century and looks at Gantt’s real work in manufacturing – when you have finished reading it, I hope you will agree the following myths should be ‘busted’ once and for all:

Misconception #1 Henry Gantt developed ‘Bar Charts’ – Fact, bar charts were developed 100 years before Gantt, his charts were sophisticated production control tools, not simple representations of activities over time.

Misconception #2 Henry Gantt contributed to the development of ‘project management’ – Fact, Gantt’s work was in machine shops and factories focused on batch production and factory throughput. Many of his ideas can be adapted to modern project  management but Gantt sought to eliminate ‘one-off’ jobs that could not be batched and  managed efficiently.

Read the full paper in the December edition of PM World Journal at: