Visual project timelines are a manager’s best friend. Providing an easy way to report big picture progress to executives and stakeholders can be a life saver when it comes to managing large projects. At the same time, when you're managing a project and need to drill down into the details of milestones and dependencies, it's easy to see how the project stands as a whole and pinpoint any tasks and deadlines in danger of slipping.
Because Gantt Chart-style project timelines are such a popul...
Visual timelines are essential tools for planning, tracking, and managing a project. You can map out dependencies and milestones to get an accurate overview of progress and deadlines. But while using these Gantt chart-style timelines for project management is fairly easy, creating one in Excel can be tricky. We'll walk you through the process of how to make a timeline in Excel and share a project schedule template you can reuse for future work.
How to Create a Timeline in Excel
If you're a university undergraduate or graduate student, you should know that we recently announced our Wrike for Students program. We want to give you a Wrike account to keep track of all of your assignments, group projects, and random to-dos completely free — because you're already spending enough on your education.
Student projects, especially group projects, have unique requirements. You have to figure out how to collaborate effectively, which is even harder when you can't meet i...
We've created a lot of videos about our Gantt chart. They describe the different aspects of using our Gantt chart (aka, Timeline View), including creating a new task right from the Timeline and linking dependent tasks. We also have our Help Center to give you a breakdown of the different functionalities.
But none of these resources include best practices for using the Wrike Timeline, so we're here to give you a few hints on how to get started in the most efficient, practical manner.
If you're trying to plan your project calendar for the next month or the next year, you might be debating the best method to capture your madness. As long as you've graduated past the classic (but inefficient) pen, paper, and ruler approach, there are three ways to build a digital project manager calendar that workers rely on during project planning meetings. Which one is right for your team?
1. Excel spreadsheet: Most familiar tool, least efficient method
One of the first programs n...
You just became a project manager, or you've been in the field for a while but you're ready to learn more. These great project management infographics from sources all over the net provide interesting education for PMs and PM-wannabes. Check out all these infographics and learn something new.
1. Bust some project management myths you probably believe
Myths about remote collaboration, PM certification, paperwork, meetings, and project failure. This infographic busts 5 common myths wit...
Gantt charts are a staple tool in project management. They've achieved this status because of their ability to visualize the timeline of a project and the resources needed for it. But with the plethora of different visual tools you can now use to track projects, why even use a tool that was invented in 1910 and originally intended for machine shop production?
Five reasons to use Gantt charts for your projects:
1. You Can Brainstorm Your Workflow
There's a huge advantage to using the...
Today, Gantt charts are a staple tool in project management software. They show up in project binders, on boardroom walls, in project management plans — all because they are able to visually convey what would take paragraphs of boring text. But who invented them? What makes them beneficial for project planning? And what are the useful parts of every Gantt chart?
Below we've put together an infographic to explain what a Gantt chart for project management is, how it came to be, and why it...
Monash Motorsport (MMS) is a non-profit student organization hailing from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where students band together to design, manufacture, test, market, and race their own Formula-style race car. How do they do that? Read on.
The organization, which started in 2000 to compete in the Formula SAE Australasia student design competition, has won the competition every year since 2009, a feat which currently ranks Monash Motorsport as 2nd in the world.
The team i...
Everything you need to know about project management you can learn from hockey. While hockey is simply the greatest game of all time (IMHO), it is also a wonderful teaching tool. If you can look past the pulse-pounding action and glass-shattering collisions, there is actually a lot more to it.
Here are some of the key lessons hockey has taught me about project management:
1. Hire Flexible Players
In hockey you have six players on the ice and three main positions: Forward, Defense, and G...