The dust is settling following the 2009 Microsoft Project Conference. Project specialists around the world are eagerly using, learning and writing about the new features of the 2010 Project client and the PWA. I too find myself ‘wondering’ around to see what Microsoft has and has not done to improve the tool. One that has caught my interest this week is the new Timeline Tool, which is a visual picture of the project’s timeline as seen in figure 1.
The Timeline Tool is located at the top of the schedule, between task pane and the ribbon. Project 2010 uses Fluent UI (aka the ribbon), and clicking on the Timeline Tool opens the editing options within Format in the ribbon, as seen in figure 2.
You can edit the Timeline Tool either using the ribbon, or mouse commands over the timeline itself, as seen in figure 3.
A few of the capabilities on the timeline itself, is to drag the date line to zoom, show tasks within the timeline or call them out above, and of course once you are done, you can copy to past in an email or Microsoft Office product such as PowerPoint or Word (figure 1 was a copy/paste action).
I am personally an advocate of using Visio as a schedule control and reporting tool. The new Timeline Tool in Project Desktop 2010 is a great addition for those of us who value visual interpretation.