Consulting Engagement Schedule Features
The schedule features:
- Baseline markers that help the consulting firm show the client which tasks are ahead of schedule and which are behind.
- Arrows that show the client the relationship between certain key events during the engagement.
- Timeline cursor that indicates the schedule is current as of a certain date. The consulting firm can automatically create weekly snapshots of the project schedule to show how the engagement timeline changes from week to week.
- Automatic grouping of project tasks and milestones into swimlanes that correspond to specific phases of the engagement.
- Color-coding of project tasks based on the consulting resources responsible for delivering them.
This consulting engagement schedule schedule was drawn using OnePager Pro, project presentation software from Chronicle Graphics that interfaces with Microsoft Project.15-Day
This consulting engagement schedule was built using the following files, available in both Microsoft Project and Excel formats, which you can download if you'd like to create something similar:For Microsoft Project users:
- Engagement Schedule.mpp (Microsoft Project Plan)
- Engagement Schedule (Project).tat (OnePager Template for Microsoft Project)
To build a consulting engagement schedule like the example above, follow these instructions:
Download one set of sample files--either for Microsoft Project or Excel--from above. The Microsoft Project and Excel files contain the actual engagement schedule, and the matching OnePager template files have all of the settings that will format the chart like the example above. Save both the project plan and the template file to your desktop.
Open the Microsoft Project or Excel file.
Once the project plan is open, go to Add-Ins and click the OnePager button.
When the start screen appears click NEW to build a new chart.
- With the Microsoft Project or Excel file ready for import, we need to change OnePager's default template to the one downloaded above. To do this, click on Change, and then BROWSE FILES to the OnePager template (*.tat) file. This OnePager template contains all of the data-driven formatting (colors, layout, etc.) that give this engagement schedule its specific look. Make sure that your OnePager template matches the type of file you are using (Project vs. Excel)
- With the template loaded, click on Create New Project View to build your chart. It should closely match the example at the top of this article.
You may notice that there are more dependencies in the project plan than are actually showing in the OnePager Gantt chart. This is because we've set up a dependency filter rule to only show the most important relationships. To change which dependencies are shown, go to Home > Project View Properties > Task Links. You can either choose to show all dependencies, or click on Manage Rules to adjust the filter: