Still too much manual manipulation
I've been seeking prettier ways to present project schedules, besides the standard Gantt chart. Because of the limited presentation options in MSP, and the lack of MSP skills in many new or novice project managers, I see a lot of schedules done with spreadsheets, Powerpoint, and to a lesser degree Visio. What always defeats me is that all of these options need a lot of manual manipulation to look good. As the author mentions they look pretty rough coming out of the gate and you have to make adjustments. You can spend a lot of time making these adjustments only to find that the schedule changed enough to ruin your hard efforts. MSP 2010 brings a timeline option, which works OK but has some limitations in configuration options. For example you can't adjust the timeline's time scale - MSP chooses one for you. You are also stuck with one timeline per project, and sometimes I want more. I've noticed recently that there are add-ins available that profess to do a better job of translating MSP data to presentation, and I found one called Onepager Pro that has most of the bells and whistles you'd want, especially if you want it to display in a swimlane format. . Anyone with experience with other addins or tools?
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