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Eight formats for a project schedule.

The responsibility assignment matrix (RAM), shown here, displays team roles and responsibilities.

Milestone list: A table that lists milestones and the dates you plan to reach them.

Activity list: A table that lists activities and the dates you plan to start and end them.

Combined activity and milestone report: A table that includes milestone and activity dates.

Gantt (or bar) chart: A timeline that illustrates when each activity starts, how long it continues, and when it ends. The Gantt chart provides a clearer picture of the relative lengths of activities and times when they overlap. The Gantt chart provides a better high-level overview of a project.

Interface Gantt chart: The Interface Gantt chart has all the benefits of the plain Gantt chart plus it illustrates the order in which the activities are performed.

Combined milestone and Gantt chart: A timeline that illustrates when activities start, how long they continue, when they end, and when selected milestones are achieved.

Work breakdown structure (WBS): A diagram that shows an entire project, represented as a Level 1 component that can be subdivided into Level 2 components. Some or all Level 2 components can be subdivided into Level 3 components, and so on.

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