4 Ways to Display Your Project's Schedule
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.