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Practice makes Perfect Pt 1 – Timeline #MSProject #ProjectServer #Office365

I am often asked “why should we upgrade from Project Professional 2007 to Project Professional 2010”. My answer would be “Why not” Project Professional 2010 has some new features/functions that can make a Project Managers live a lot easier.

In the first part of Practice makes Perfect I am going to talk about one of these new features; the Timeline.

“With the new office version Project Professional 2013 coming out in preview I used that to create most of the images. Remember this is still a preview version so things might change.”

The timeline is a new feature that allows a Project Manager to create a graphical presentation of his project. He can do this over his whole project or just select a few tasks he wants to show. This enable the Project Manager to use the timeline in presentations, documents or just put it against the wall.

The timeline looks something like this:

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Pretty neat i would say.

In the timeline you can do a couple of things.

You can change the format of all the task in the timeline. For instance you can color the most important task red. You can also change the format of the text styles to make something clear within the timeline.

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Why would i use the timeline? Like I said it enables the Project Managers to create a easy to use view of the project in minutes. Easy to use in for example Word or PowerPoint. They way the data is presented it is also easier to read then a normal project Gant Chart.

There a numerous ways you can use this feature and I am not going sum up all of them. When you have access to Project Professional 2010 experiment with it. Trust me it will be worth your time.

So how do I use it?

There are two ways to you can add tasks into your timeline.

1. Right click your task and the one of the last commands you can give is “Add to Timeline”

2. Go to “Task Information” or double click your task and on the “General Tab” you will fine “Display on Timeline”.

Timeline3

Easy as that.

Enjoy your timeline!

Robin Kruithof
I am Robin Kruithof. I am working at CXS in the Netherlands as a Microsoft Project Consultant. My passion lies in Project Management and everything in the Project Management domain.

This article has been cross posted from speakingsilent.wordpress.com/

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