How GANTT Charts could be built by using LEGO!

What a great idea I have seen today on the web!

Geof Lory explains in his blog post how he used Lego Blocks to build a GANTT Chart to represent in a different way the interdependencies of his project.

GANTT Chart built with Lego

GANTT Chart built with Lego

Here are the steps he used to get to the result:

  1. Idea was born
  2. Quick trip to Legoland
  3. Spent 100$
  4. Everybody told to use the tools provided and start building
  5. Go experimenting
  6. No limitations (just restrictions set by the tools provided)

Here are the guidelines / rules used to build the GANTT Chart

  1. Bottom Layer (yellow): Time line, every block is a week and date is written on the block
  2. Red Layer: Incremental iterations / sprints
  3. Green Layer: new functionality being added to production (Release)
  4. Other colours: Activities (Design, Development, Testing etc.) are represented
  5. People: Different User groups adding to the functionality

What a fantastic way to represent your time line, pieces of work and activities leading to it. And another tool to build a team as everybody is involved to build and maintain it. And beside that, you will build momentum and recognition as you might be the first on using it in your environment.

So go and find a sponsor for the blocks and start building on top of that idea.

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Torsten J. Koerting

Torsten J. Koerting is a project management-, paragliding- and Outdoor Enthusiast, Consultant, Author of several books and engaged as a speaker at many conferences. As Managing Partner at projectyzer he is specialised in supporting companies and organisations in reinventing their strategy as well as turning projects around that are in trouble. He worked in Europe, US and Australia for more than 20 years for global Blue Chips. He does hold the German and Australian Citizenship and lives with his wife and two kids between Europe and Australia. He is also a certified Bank Clerk, Executive Bachelor and Project Management Professional (PMI) and used to be Board Member of the PMI Queensland Chapter (Australia).

Comments

  1. This is a great idea. I think I will use this in the PM101 classes as a learning exercise. It will help to bring home th concept in a fun and useful way.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Elyse

  2. Torsten,
    Thanks for the comments on my article and th additional reference in your blog. If it helps one person with one project, it’s worthwhile.
    Keep up the good work,
    Geof

  3. Currently bidding on several Lego / Duplo auctions on the net. At our project kick off by the end of January I will use the blocks for a dynamic ‘Did you understand the Project GANTT Chart? Then rebuild it with Lego! Session’. Will post the pictures early Feb.
    Torsten

  4. Very cool idea. I’d considering implementing but I don’t think I can squeeze in a “short trip to Legoland”~ LOL. It’s a little like using mindmaps, only the 3D version.

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