The image shows a typical project timeline from the tool. Better known as a Gantt chart, it shows several project time relationships. We'll discuss those relationships below. But, how does that benefit you? It helps you see when your projects and tasks are scheduled to begin. The graphical display immediately identifies one task from another.
The dark blue bars with triangles in the project timeline represent summary tasks. That means they have real tasks under them, and they summarize the beginning and ending times. Summary tasks help you break projects down into smaller pieces. You can use them as project phases, project breakdowns, or subsystems in a larger project. The project time line shows all projects as peers, right next to each other (although this image only shows one project).
Under the summary tasks are the actual tasks. They represent the real work being accomplished. Each task may be assigned to users or groups. You can collapse the summary tasks to hide the real tasks.
Tracking project timelines is only possible with the aid of a good timesheet. Employee hours are recorded for each task, which results in a percent complete. The program tracks all these items automatically. They are available in textual and timeline form.
Obviously the higher goal for project tracking is efficiency - in your business and in your employees. Tools like this help you learn how to execute projects more efficiently, making your company more profitable. Employees who are aware of goals, timelines, and deadlines apply themselves to reaching them.