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Product Lifecycle Timeline Created in Primavera P6 with OnePager

This product lifecycle timeline, rendered in OnePager, was created from a Primavera P6 roadmap. It shows the long-range product lifecycle of a fictional automobile manufacturer, including new model introductions, replacements, and redesigns. It also segments the timeline by EPA-defined vehicle classes.

This product lifecycle timeline was created in OnePager Express based on a simple Excel spreadsheet, and shows the long-range product lifecycle of a fictional automotive manufacturer, across multiple vehicle classes.


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OnePager Product Lifecycle Timeline Features

This product lifecycle timeline features:

  • Grouping of models into swimlanes first based on vehicle type (car vs. truck), and then into a secondary swimlane based on EPA vehicle classes
  • Conditional formatting of each product based on type of introduction (new model vs. redesign)
  • Links to show transitions of a model from one vehicle class to another
  • Customizable timeline showing model years for a long-range view

This product lifecycle timeline was created using OnePager, product planning software that integrates with Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, Smartsheet, or Excel.

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Sample Files

This Product Lifecycle Timeline was built using the following files, which you can download if you'd like to create something similar:

Smartsheet Samples

Product Lifecycle Timeline (Smartsheet).xlsx (Excel for import into Smartsheet)

Product Lifecycle Timeline (Smartsheet).tat (OnePager Template for Smartsheet)


Smartsheet Instructions

To build a Product Lifecycle Timeline like the example above, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the sample files above. The Excel file contains all of the different phases of the product lifecycle, and will be imported into your Smartsheet account, while the OnePager template will help define the layout of the timeline itself. Save both files to your desktop.

  2. To import the Excel file into Smartsheet, first log into your Smartsheet account.

  3. In Smartsheet, click on + Solution Center, and then on the Import screen, choose Microsoft Excel:

    Import from Excel into Smartsheet

  4. Point Smartsheet to the Excel file that you downloaded above and press Continue. On the Import Settings, review the name of your sheet, and then click Import::

    Finish importing from Excel into Smartsheet

  5. Now that the sample project has been imported into your Smartsheet account, go to your desktop, and click the OnePager button.

  6. On the OnePager start screen, click NEW to build a new timeline.

  7. Go to Select > BROWSE Smartsheet, log into your Smartsheet account, and then point OnePager to the example project.

  8. 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 (styles, layout, etc.) that make the timeline look the way that it does.

  9. Once the custom OnePager template is selected, click on Create New Chart to build your timeline. It should look like the example at the top of this article.

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Microsoft Project Samples

Product Lifecycle Timeline.mpp (Microsoft Project Plan)

Product Lifecycle Timeline (Project).tat (OnePager Template for Project)


Microsoft Project Instructions

To build a Product Lifecycle Timeline timeline like the example above, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the sample files above. The Microsoft Project file contains all of the different phases of the product lifecycle, while the OnePager template will help define the layout of the timeline itself. Save both files to your desktop.

  2. Open the Microsoft Project file

  3. Now that the sample project has been imported into Microsoft Project, go to your Add-Ins tab, and click the OnePager button.

  4. On the OnePager start screen, click NEW to build a new timeline.

  5. 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 (styles, layout, etc.) that make the timeline look the way that it does.

  6. Once the custom OnePager template is selected, click on Create New Chart to build your timeline. It should look like the example at the top of this article.

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Primavera P6 Samples

Product Lifecycle Timeline.xer (Primavera P6 Schedule)

Product Lifecycle Timeline (Primavera P6).tat (OnePager Template for Primavera P6)


Primavera P6 Instructions

To build a Product Lifecycle Timeline timeline like the example above, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the sample files above. The Primavera P6 file contains all of the different phases of the product lifecycle, while the OnePager template will help define the layout of the timeline itself. Save both files to your desktop.

  2. Go to your desktop, and double-click the OnePager button.

  3. On the OnePager start screen, click NEW to build a new timeline.

  4. Go to Select > BROWSE Primavera P6 Files, and select the XER file that you downloaded in the first step.

  5. 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 (styles, layout, etc.) that make the timeline look the way that it does.

  6. Once the custom OnePager template is selected, click on Create New Chart to build your timeline. It should resemble the example at the top of this article.

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Excel Samples

Product Lifecycle Timeline.xlsx (Excel Plan)

Product Lifecycle Timeline (Excel).tat (OnePager Template for Excel)


Excel Instructions

To build a Product Lifecycle Timeline like the example above, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the sample files listed above. The Excel files contains the product lifecycle history itself, and the matching OnePager template file has most of the settings that drive the look and feel of the timeline based on the data from or Excel. Save both files to your desktop.

  2. Open the Excel plan.

  3. Once the project plan is open, go to Add-Ins and click the OnePager button.

  4. When the start screen appears, click NEW to build a new chart.

  5. Change OnePager's default template to the one downloaded above, making sure that you pick the template that matches the Excel plan that you downloaded. To do this, click on Change, and then BROWSE FILES to the OnePager template (*.tat) file. This OnePager template contains most of the data-driven formatting (colors, layout, etc.) that give this Product Lifecycle Timeline its specific look.

  6. With the template loaded, click on Create New Chart. It should closely match the example at the top of this article.

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