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July 26, 2015

Project Timeline Template Excel Download

Very often a project manager needs to quickly create a view. This exercise happens before the project manager starts the actual project plan which should be far more detailed. 

Single Project 

Single Timeline
Single Project 
  • The Template can be used to list tasks for a single project. 
  • Each task has name, start, end and effort.
  • The start date uses the end date of the previous task. If you want a different start date then just type the date into the cell. 
  • The end date is calculated using the start and effort. Only weekdays are counted.
  • You can change start date on the timeline and scale on the timeline in the config sheet.
  • Depending on the duration of your project set the scale of the timeline. If your project is few weeks then set the scale to 1 day. If it is log then set it to 7 days or more.
  • Note that the bigger the scale lesser the accuracy of the start and end dates.

Multi Projects 

Project Timeline Template Excel
Multi Project
  • This template should be used for high level planning for multiple projects.
  • Has all the features of a one timeline including the scale.
  • Displays up to to five projects with. different colors.
  • Each Project can have max five tasks so always list only the high level tasks.

Manual Project 

Manual Timeline Excel

  • A simple way displaying project overview.
  • Manually created by formatting cells and using simple sum formula.
  • Very flexible and easy to create as you can add as many rows to depict different phases or tasks.

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  1. Hi Swapnil,
    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you. I'm wondering if I can configure the dates to read at one month intervals. Obviously choosing 30 days doesn't quite cut it and I'm hoping you can help!
    Thank you, Shayla

  2. Hi Shayla - Apologies for the late response. Unfortunately the timeline cannot be extended to monthly basis at this stage. I will include that enhancement in the next version. Thanks.

  3. Hi Swapnil,

    This is awesome and is helping me very much, thank you!

    Is there a way to add in the days of the week between the month/date rows?