Create Project Planning Timeline in Minutes
Why use timeline for project planning?
There are many project planning tools, but timeline owns its unique strength in some special points. The key to a successful project is the planning. No matter you are a project manager, group leader or activity organizer, creating a project plan is always the first thing to do when undertaking any project. You need to define the project scope and determine an appropriate time schedule to complete the project. Then it becomes the guide for project's practitioners to follow.
Timelinedisplaysalistofeventsorstepsinchronologicalorderwithinacertainperiodoftime.Itcanbeusedasagreattooltoplanaprojectandtracktheprojectschedule.Timelinedoesn't contain much detail, which makes it look more simple and intuitive than a Gantt chart. The main body of a timeline is a horizontal bar showing time progressing from left to right. You can use small bars to represent the duration of a sub activity, or use milestones to mark the events or steps to indicate when they should or did happen. Here shows an easy example of project timeline.
From the example above we can see timeline is pretty high-level, but it's clear and integral. That's why it is preferred by lots of people when having presentation, since it can save tons of words from explaining the project. Besides, you can also send it to stakeholders to keep track of the progress, or print it out and present on the bulletin board in your office.
How long does it take to create a timeline?
With the correct tool, you don't need to spend much time creating a timeline. With lots of automatic functions and pre-made shapes, Edraw timeline software allows you create a timeline in just minutes. Now let's see some of its great features.
Extensive pre-made timeline shapes
Different Styles Timeline Bar
Each shape is designed with a smart button, through which you can set time interval, milestone and change the shape style.
Use dynamic control button to adjust the text direction and height of a milestone.
Is it difficult to learn?
Edraw is designed especially for people who don't know much about drawing. Even though you are a novice, as long as you can use a microsoft word, you can easily handle this, since our interface is quite same like the microsoft program. Click the following link to learn how to create a timeline with Edraw. Or you can watch this video: Timeline Tutorial. If you still have any problem, please contact our technical support. Any inquiry will be replied within 24 hours.
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