What Is a Basic Chart?
A professional chart is a graphic representation of data that can represent tabular numeric data, functions, or some kind of qualitative structure that can provide different information. A basic chart is a horizontal bar chart that represents a project plan over the course of the execution. It shows the status of the tasks and who is responsible for the task.
How to Create a Basic Chart in Google Sheets?
A basic chart can be created with computer applications such as Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel, but you can also go with more inexpensive alternatives such as Google Sheets for saving your finished charts in the cloud or to skip the installation part. Sheets is part of Google's wide range of applications and all you need to be able to use it is a Google account. To find out how to make your own basic charts in Google Sheets, follow the tips below.
1. The Purpose of the Chart
The first thing you need to do is understand why you're creating a chart. Is it to analyze the statistics for a certain project or is it to keep track of the project's progress? After figuring out the purpose of your basic chart, you can proceed to the next step.
2. Chart Type
The next thing you need to do is to decide on a specific type of chart. When you access Google Sheets, you can select from a variety of chart types by clicking on Insert and selecting Chart. Choose between area chart, line chart, pie chart, bar chart, or column chart, just to name a few. Of course, your choice of chart will closely depend on what you're trying to achieve. Since most of our basic charts are following the Gantt chart format, the bar chart would be an appropriate option. Then again, feel free to choose any other chart type if you think it's easier for conveying your message.
3. Define the Project Settings
Before making the chart, make sure to have a detailed project plan. This is to keep you grounded on the order of the tasks that need to be performed. Also, having a project plan helps you remember that you have a specific start and end dates to be able to meet your deadline.
4. The Chart Content
Next, you need to fill in the content of your blank chart. Several components are involved but you only need to take note of some of the key components. The first would be a sample checklist to enumerate and describe the project work and this should run vertically on the left side of the chart. Next is the timeline which is presented through months, weeks, days, or years, and this located either on the top or bottom of the chart. The data are presented in horizontal bars that run from left to right which are then measured depending on where the edge of the bar is located. Lastly, a narrative interpretation of the data is written just below the basic chart to provide readers with the needed summary.