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Creating Gantt Chart Roll-Up Views using Project Reporting Software

How to roll up many tasks into a simple Gantt chart with OnePager Pro

Often with a project that has many tasks and phases, it is necessary to simplify the view of the project by rolling-up many of the detailed tasks into a summary task for the purpose of simplifying and focusing the schedule presentation.

OnePager Pro timeline software can do this easily for you using its virtual summary task feature. You can download a free trial of OnePager Pro to try it out.

This article shows an example of a Microsoft Project file with many tasks all at the same level that would be difficult to discuss from the Microsoft Project file view shown below:
Microsoft Project file view

With OnePager Pro you can quickly prepare a project view of this project with rolled-up summary tasks to focus the schedule conversation.

  1. Double-click the OnePager Pro icon on your desktop. From the Start screen that appears, choose New. Then, select your Microsoft Project source file and give your project view a name in the form shown below:
    Give your Gantt chart a name.
  2. Click the Create new project view button to import your data from Microsoft Project and create your first Gantt chart.
    Import tasks and milestones from MS Project into a Gantt chart.
  3. For the first virtual summary task in the Pre-Planning swimlane, select all the task markers with your mouse, right-click on one of them and select Make virtual summary task from the list in the context menu. The following will result:
    Collapse project tasks into a virtual summary bar.
  4. Next, repeat this process as many times as necessary to achieve the level of roll-up desired. In the example, the remaining swimlane tasks were summarized but milestone markers were not. After performing this step, the project view will resemble the one below:
    Collapse project tasks into a virtual summary bar.
  5. Finally, adjust the size of the project view by getting rid of the empty rows by cropping the project view with the control on the OnePager Pro tool bar and move the milestone markers to where you want them. When these functions are finished, the project view will look like the figure below:
    Schedule summarized in OnePager Pro using data from MS Project.

This article shows how OnePager Pro can take a large number of tasks and summarize them into a summary roll-up presentation. As a continuing benefit, OnePager Pro with its ability to take snapshots during the course of a project, permits the project manager to monitor actual schedule against baseline and prepare clear and accurate schedule visualizations for project status presentations.

Using OnePager Pro will allow you to create dynamic, informative project presentations with the click of a button, and it eliminates the need to rebuild your presentation by hand every time your project schedule changes.

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