How to Create PERT Chart

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a PERT Chart, including the basic steps and useful tips, which intend to help you work more effectively with Edraw Project Management software.

A PERT chart is designed to analyze and document the tasks involved in completing a given project, which is often used in project management. It consists of a series of task boxes, with arrows connecting in between indicating the dependencies. In the task boxes, you may put information of the name of the task, responsible person(s) and the estimated time to complete the task. For the estimated time, you can put the best time, the worst time, and the average of the two.

Edraw PERT Chart template provides all the shapes and symbols you need for creating a PERT Chart. With the straightforward interface and automated tools, you can create a professional-looking PERT Chart in just minutes.

Start to Create a PERT Chart

PERT Chart Template

Open Edraw, on the start page click Project Management to find PERT template. Double click the template to open a new drawing page.

PERT Chart Symbols

PERT Chart Symbols

On the left of the drawing page, you will find all the shapes and symbols for PERT Chart in the library.

Drag a PERT Task Box to Start Drawing

Add a Task Box

From the library, drag a PERT task box and drop on the drawing page. (There are three different designs of task boxes identified as PERT1, PERT2 and PERT3, you can choose any one you like.)

Basic Setting for Task Box

Through Context Tools in the Ribbon, you can add or delete rows and columns, merge or split the cells, distribute columns and rows, set borders and margin, etc.

Basic Setting for Task Box

Fill in the Information

Fill in the Information

Edit the content in the box by double-clicking each cell.

Change the Task Box Size

Change Task Box Size
Change Task Box Cell Size

1. Change the table size.
Drag the green resizing handles to change the table size.
2. Change the size of a columns and rows.
Place the mouse cursor on the line between two cells and drag, just like the way excel does.

Change the Task Box Fill Color

Change Task Box Color

1. Select the area you want to change color.
You can select the whole shape or a sub shape by moving your mouse while holding the left button. The area selected will turn purple.
2. Fill the area with the color you like. There are two options.
a. Select a color from the quick access color bar at the bottom of the page.
b. Choose a color from the HOME tab, Fill button. Read Fills, Shadows and Patterns to learn more about the fill function.

Connect Task Boxes with Dynamic Connectors

Add Dynamic Connector
Connect Task Boxes

1. Drag a connector from the library and approach the blue X mark appearing on the box.
2. When it turns red, release your mouse, the connector will be snapped and glued with the box.
3. Connect the other end of the connector with another box in the same way.

Add Descriptions for Connectors

Add Descriptions for Connectors

Double click the connector, a text box will show up. Type the text and click the outside area to finish editing.

Continue connecting boxes with connectors until you finish the chart.

Here are some complete examples of PERT charts created by Edraw.

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