To create a PERT chart, make a flow chart that identifies each task or component of a project and the amount of time required to complete each task. Start with the first task, then identify any tasks that can be completed simultaneously, and continue adding successive tasks.
- Break the project into individual tasks
A PERT chart shows the sequence of tasks required to complete a project. Begin by identifying each component of the project, and determine how long it takes to complete each one.
- Organize the tasks
A PERT chart can easily be created by hand, with specialized flow chart software or a graphics program. The first node, or box, is the first task that needs to be completed. Continue adding nodes in the order in which they need to be completed. If a task can be completed at the same time as another one, position them below that task. Continue this process until all components are positioned on the chart.
- Add information about the tasks
Inside each node, add basic information about each task, including duration, start date and end date.
- Connect the tasks
Because a PERT chart is a flow chart, add directional arrows between related tasks, which show the flow of the project.