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What is a Gantt Chart (Timeline)?

We are thrilled to announce that Gantt is now available in Redbooth, and it is better than you could ever have imagined! Not only that, but we have also introduced Task start dates for all users. If you are wondering what is a Gantt chart and how to use it in Redbooth, then fear not.

We have put together this article to help you better understand the feature, and thus, reap the benefits of this wonderful project management tool.

Getting Started with Gantt (Timeline)

Getting started with Timeline is simple. Go to any of your workspaces and click the Timeline view button. You are able to switch in and out of this view whenever you like.

What is a Gantt Chart?

Popularized by and named after Henry Gantt, an American engineer, Gantt charts are now considered an essential project management tool.

They are interactive charts which allow managers and teams to track the progress of projects, helping you and your team to easily visualize when a task is due, and ensuring that projected deadlines are met. By setting start and due dates, you will know if a task is at risk of being overdue and the visual nature of a Gantt chart allows you to see dependencies between tasks.

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On the left is a list of the tasks in the workspace and along the top is the time scale. Each task is represented by a bar; the position and length of the bar reflects the duration of the task—tasks with dependencies are linked by a black line.

The ordering hierarchy of tasks is:

  • Earliest task list start date.
  • Then by task start date within that task list.
  • Then the next task list, and so forth.

The timeline view allows you to easily see:

  • The tasks which make up a project.
  • When each task begins and ends.
  • How long each task is scheduled to last.
  • Where tasks overlap.
  • The start and end dates for each task/task list.

NotePrivate tasks are only visible in Task List view.

To learn more about the different task visualizations, check out this article.

Can I customize my Timeline (Gantt Chart)?

Redbooth’s timeline view provides flexibility when managing your projects. Here are a few ways to customize your timeline view:

  • Select a preferred zoom view: daily, weekly, monthly.
  • Collapse task lists.

Why should I use Timeline?

Gantt charts have long been praised for making project management easier, and their benefits and advantages are numerous. Keep reading to learn about why you should use Gantt.

Who can use Timeline?

Timeline is integrated across all Redbooth accounts, so it doesn’t matter if you are trialling or if you have a paid subscription—Timeline is available to you.

The only users who cannot use Timeline are external users and free subscriptions. You can find more information on the permissions granted to external users here.

What next?

Before you dive in, just remember that the Timeline feature is entirely optional, and you can switch in and out of the timeline view as you like, so if you are a newbie to this great feature, you can slowly feel your way and decide which layout best works for you.

Task Start Dates

It isn’t just Timeline which is new in Redbooth. You can now assign start dates to all tasks. Just click on your desired start date and then on the end date. Just like that you have created a task duration. So now you can become even more productive and start planning your future tasks.

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Using the example above, if you first click on 04/22 and then click on 04/18, the start date will set to 04/18 and the due date will be 04/22.

More task information

  • Task dependencies can be created inside of timeline view. They are also visible in your task details.
  • You can now mark tasks as urgent and set a due date, making it clear when the task should be completed.
  • Task references, copied tasks, and promoted subtasks are now bundled under a new References section. Click the arrow to view the references.

For any further questions you may have about Timeline, you can find more information here.