Most Gantt charts are complicated and difficult for other people to read and follow. This free Gantt chart template was created differently. It was designed to clearly outline your project at a high-level, in a way that is easy for important audiences to understand. The free Gantt template also includes a timeline with editable milestones so, in addition to tasks, you can now also present your key project events visually.

Although traditional Gantt charts were created to illustrate detailed project schedules and dependencies, clients and executives want something lighter and more user-friendly. Presenting complicated work break down structures are often too complex for many audiences. They expect to be presented with simpler Gantts in communications such as project reviews, proposals, plans, scorecards and status meetings.

Building Gantt charts with a template

Successfully managing a project requires consistent project communication across all stakeholders and the free Gantt chart template was designed for these types of project communications. It is intended to illustrate your project schedule at a high level and to map it against a timeline with key milestones. Preparing the slide with your project schedule can now be done in PowerPoint by manually editing this template’s placeholders. You can also use the free Office Timeline Gantt chart maker for PowerPoint to automatically add your timeline and quickly update the slide whenever your project schedules change.

Office Timeline is a free Gantt chart tool that plugs natively into PowerPoint so you can make Gantt chart slides in a few clicks and you can update them easily when dates change or tasks have been completed. It makes it simple to keep clients and executives informed with the most current project status.

Office Timeline Plus also integrates with Microsoft Project and Excel, so generating Gantt charts and revising them is done immediately. The tool makes building and maintaining Gantt chart slides for standing or recurring communications effortless.