In Project settings in GanttPRO, the easy Gantt chart maker, you can switch on additional options, set up a project calendar and units in which certain calculations will be displayed.
To open Project settings, click on the corresponding icon 1 in the top-right corner.
This will open the following options:
Change current working week
Here you can view and set a work schedule for the project: days off, holidays, exceptions, etc. For a more detailed explanation of how to do that, go to the Project Calendar.
GanttPRO’s Auto scheduling recalculates task schedules, when you change the start and(or) end dates of the tasks connected with dependencies or set new dependencies for them.
This feature is enabled by default for all new projects, but you can always turn it off in Project Settings and start planning projects manually.
The duration step in GanttPRO is a value that is used for calculating time in a project. There are four options: hours, days, weeks, and months.
It is more convenient to plan long-term projects in weeks or months and short-term ones in hours or days.
You can always change the duration step in Project settings by selecting the most appropriate unit of time from the drop-down. Once you change it, the duration step for all the tasks will be displayed accordingly.
Here you can choose whether the resource workload should be displayed in hours or %.
It is possible to choose whether progress will be calculated based on Duration or on Average.
When it is based on Duration, calculations of progress take into account the duration of all the related tasks to come up with automatic estimations where applicable.
For example, you have a parent task containing one task that lasts for 4 days and four tasks that last for 1 day each. The total duration of all those tasks is 8 days. Once you complete a four-day long task, which is a half of all, the overall progress will be calculated as 50%.
When progress is calculated based on Average, the calculations are made by summing up all the related tasks and dividing them by the total number of those tasks to come up with automatic estimations where applicable.
Looking again at the previous example, the emphasis here will be on the amount of tasks, regardless of their duration. So, when one subtask is completed, the overall progress will be calculated as 20%.
Here you can choose between three ways of duration and estimation calculation:
- Fixed estimation - when assigning a resource to a task, estimation does not change while duration is calculated automatically.
- Fixed duration - when assigning a resource to a task, duration does not change while estimation is calculated automatically.
- Fixed duration and estimation - when assigning a resource to a task, estimation and duration do not change while working hours per day are calculated automatically.
Learn here how these three options can be used in effort allocation.
This option can be enabled for fixed estimation mode in effort allocation. It takes into account the resource calendar to calculate task duration. When assigning a resource to a task, task duration will be automatically calculated based on its working hours.