We're having some work done on our condominium complex and a month ago the construction company posted the first draft of the schedule, a nice little Gannt chart that says the first thing they'll do is have external catwalks installed by June 7. And here it is, June 19, and...no catwalks. It reminds me of the very first time I tried to use scheduling software, Symantec Schedule 1.0 I think it was. I made a nice little Gannt chart for *Gryphon Masters* and then watched in horror as the days went by and that very first bar got longer and longer. As always, it's good to know that construction companies have just as much scheduling difficulty as software companies.
Now, when I saw that Gannt chart the first time I was really excited. Things are finally moving, I thought. We'll have these sagging walkways with their dryrot replaced in no time. I mean, there's a Gannt chart! Which is the nice thing about Gannt charts. They make everybody feel really good for about a week.
And then you hit that first milestone (or inchpebble) and the task isn't complete and you wait and you wait and you realize the Gannt chart is just words, words, words. Even if you update the Gannt chart every day it's depressing: the day before yesterday we realized we'd actually be done September 19th. Yesterday we realized we'd actually be done September 20th. Today we realized we'll actually be done September 21st. Wait a minute...if this keeps up we'll never finish!
Which is about the time I throw out the Gannt chart, which is too bad, because in theory, in a couple of months, things will actually settle down, and the Gannt chart will start looking like an approximation of reality. I just have to learn to get over that hump.