Building project plans is a critical and key first step when beginning any project. This project plan template can help you do that. It was designed for professionals who need to create project plans for clients, execs and other project stakeholders. The template is a quick and simple alternative to complex project management tools and your project plan slide will serve as the starting point for any project.

Project plans should illustrate the key objectives to be achieved and those objectives should be displayed as milestones and tasks on a timeline. Using a PowerPoint slide to communicate a project plan is the easiest way to launch projects. Your plans can be manually entered into this project plan template’s placeholders or you can instantly update it with Office Timeline, a free project planning add-in for PowerPoint.

A well-illustrated project plan can be used for more than laying out a project timeline. It can also be reused throughout the life of the project to communicate progress at status meetings, planning reviews and on project scorecards. This template was designed so show progress and includes a Today’s Date marker that also shows elapsed time on the time band.

Office Timeline’s PowerPoint add-in can add more project visuals to this plan template in just a few clicks. It can turn-on features such as such as showing the duration of each task and their percent complete, or changing the shapes of milestone markers or task bands. Additionally, Office Timeline Plus edition can make your project plan instantly by importing data directly from Microsoft Project or Excel. This makes it simple to create project plan slides quickly by using existing data from your primary project management tools.

Whether sharing project plans with important audiences or having an illustration for your own reference, building project plans that are visual and easy to understand are simple with the project plan template.