I chatted with an IT Pro about his use of our PowerPoint timeline maker for presenting project timelines and IT plans to his team and clients. He said that creating and presenting timelines of his IT projects was critical in how he communicates his work.
IT Pros want an easier way to make project timelines, implementation plans and project proposals in PowerPoint. Additionally, since IT projects change often IT Pros also want an easy way to update and quickly share their project timelines with their team customers and management.
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Office Timeline is a free timeline maker add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, 2010, 2013 that quickly makes slides and gantt charts of IT projects. Using it to create, manage and share IT projects as PowerPoint slides is simple. From within PowerPoint the timeline maker uses a intuitive wizard (shown below) for entering the key tasks and milestones of your IT Projects, or you can paste those directly from Excel (requires Plus edition). Data is automatically turned into a beautifully laid out timeline slide, which is easy to edit so IT Pros can quickly update teams on changes to their project plans.
Here’s how to make PowerPoint slides of your IT Project.
Download and try the free version of Office Timeline for PowerPoint. Once installed it will add an Office Timeline tab (see image below) to your PowerPoint ribbon. To create a slide of your IT Project, follow these steps below.
1 – Click New to launch the Office Timeline wizard which will guide you through a couple easy set-up and design steps.
2 – Select the type of slide you want to build from pre-designed templates, then click the Next arrow to begin entering the data. Or browse the free template collection for additional Project templates.
3 – Enter the key Milestones and Tasks of your IT projects. Make some optional style choices such as the color and shape for each item then click on the Next arrow.
Finished. Click the green Check Box and Office Timeline will build your IT project timeline slide or Gantt chart. Since the timeline maker builds project plans as native PowerPoint slides IT Pros can easily update and share them. To do that just return to the slide and open Office Timeline’s wizard from the tab in PowerPoint to change or redesign your IT project plan. See
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The IT Pro I met with said his management and customers prefer to do IT project cycle management reviews in PowerPoint rather than trying to follow detailed project schedules from MS Project and other project cycle management tools. He complained that heavy-weight project tools produce visualizations which are often too complicated for client and executive presentations (see Gantt Charts in PowerPoint). He said Office Timeline was light-weight and easy for him to use.
The video below shows how to easily update your project slide instantly.
Using a PowerPoint timeline maker is a good option for IT Pros who need a quick project cycle management tool to present their IT projects, plans, proposals and status reports to their teams, customers and managers. Learn more or download from here:
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