OnePager Pro, presentation software for Microsoft Project, helps you build project plan dashboards that are much easier to understand than Microsoft Project by itself, and are a lot less work than building a dashboard in PowerPoint by hand.
This article will walk you through how to quickly create a project plan dashboard. You can download a free trial of OnePager Pro and follow along if you'd like:
- Start by opening up your Microsoft Project file, such as the project plan example shown below. This will be the basis for your project dashboard. OnePager Pro lets you create a filter ("Flag 20" in the picture below) so that you only show the parts of your project that are relevant to your audience.
- Next, double-click the OnePager Pro icon on your desktop. From the Start screen, choose New. Choose your Microsoft Project plan as the source file for your project dashboard. This will launch OnePager's easy import wizard to start building the dashboard:
- You can give your project dashboard a name and type in a status (snapshot) date for your dashboard as well. This makes it easy to make updates to your dashboard as your project plan changes later. Click the Create new chart to build your first dashboard:
Now you have seen how to make a project plan dashboard in OnePager Pro. It's really that easy! What's even better is you can slice and dice your project plan automatically in OnePager Pro.
For example, notice how the project plan example above has color-coded each task by resource assignments and has been separated into swimlanes by the phase of the project. This is all done dynamically based on the Microsoft Project data.
It's easy to change the formatting, and to slice and dice the project dashboard differently. With a few button clicks, you can transform the dashboard into a view that groups tasks by resource assignments and places a yellow bar on each task to show progress:
OnePager Pro gives you endless possibilities for creating project dashboards. You can:
- Dashboard one or multiple projects at once
- Group, sort, and color-code by and field in Microsoft Project
- Track versions to your dashboard as your project changes over time
- Add comments and other annotations to clarify important parts of the project
To learn more about how to make a project plan in OnePager Pro and for more project plan examples, read some of our other how-to pages. Or get started today by downloading a free trial or attending one of our demonstration webinars.15-Day