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Rostislav Chernichenko is a Head of Infrastructure and Project Manager at GeoGuard.
About company
What does your company do?
We work in the gambling sphere in the USA. We deal with geolocation and person identification. The company is headquartered in Canada.

If our product worked at full capacity in your country, I would know 100% even without video that I was talking exactly to you, not your colleague, say, support specialist.
What is your role in the company?
I am a Head of Infrastructure. But in practice, my responsibilities are wider as I am one of the project managers of the DevOps team too.

Getting started with GanttPRO

How did you start using GanttPRO?

I do not support Agile because it is for startups. We do have a serious product.

How did you benefit from using GanttPRO?

To tell the truth, it does not matter what plans and projects you are going to manage. There is one goal - to properly distribute work to team members and resources.

Who uses GanttPRO in your company?

Project managers use the tool. Now, we still plan the workload using virtual resources. Shortly, I am planning to show GanttPRO to the team and step by step add members in our projects. I will tell them how to plan the time and activities and after that, when they will be ready to start working on the projects, I will replace our virtual resources with real team members.

Why do you personally and your company prefer the Gantt chart rather than other tools?

My personal belief is that Agile works great when you have a startup. By the way, experienced and certified (PMI, MBA) managers support this idea. Roughly speaking, it is great for situations when you move promptly from point A to point B, do it here and now.

I am experienced enough in planning and managing. I was a technical specialist, then I managed my own company, then I became a consultant. I always give a clear example of house building and tell about the processes.

What do we do to build a house? We hire an architect who designs, say, a two-story house. You plan the processes based on the number of stories: before choosing the roof, you should take into account the foundation. Then, we go on with walls and consider all the project details during the construction process. This is how the Gantt chart-based planning works.

How does Agile work? We need to build a house. Ok, let’s start with the foundation. Done. Walls come next. Maybe, we’ll add one more story? No, this is not possible because, during the first sprint, we didn’t consider that and poured concrete for the foundation of a one-story house.

Not long ago, I spoke with Chris Croft. He is one of the UK’s leading project management trainers. Chris provided lots of real examples of how projects failed because managers had chosen cool and modern Agile. It doesn’t work for big projects.
Probably, it works for outsourcing companies when a client is in charge of project management and you just get smaller tasks.

Favorite features

What GanttPRO features do you value most?

<span class="accent_text">Timeline</span>
<span class="accent_text">Virtual resources</span>
<span class="accent_text">Resource workload</span>
<span class="accent_text">Deadline management</span>
<span class="accent_text">Estimation</span>

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