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Software Product Development Plan Summary Created with OnePager Pro

This product development plan, created with OnePager Pro, illustrates the release cycle for several software products, each of which is maintained as a separate Microsoft Project plan. It illustrates the major phases of the SDLC for each software release, and presents an overall view of the company's product development plan.

Product development plan for multiple software product releases.

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OnePager Pro Software Product Development Plan Features

The product plan uses:

  • Collection of release-specific tasks into individual rows.
  • Grouping of releases into swimlanes by overall software product.
  • Color-coding of release deliverables by SDLC phase, which are annotated in the project legend.
  • Use of fiscal year on the time axis ties product releases to financial performance.
  • Percent complete markers imported from MS Project indicate each individual task's progress.
  • Milestone symbols that automatically fill with color as MS Project indicates that the milestones are complete.

This software product development plan was created using OnePager Pro, project timeline software from Chronicle Graphics that imports schedule information from Microsoft Project.

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Sample Files

This software product development plan was built using the following files, which you can download in either Microsoft Project or Excel format if you'd like to create something similar:

For Microsoft Project users:

For Excel users:


To build a software product development plan like the example above, follow these instructions:

  1. Download one set of the sample files listed above. The Microsoft Project and Excel files contain the actual software product development plan, 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 either Project or Excel. Save both files to your desktop.

  2. Open the Microsoft Project or 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 Microsoft Project or 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 software product development plan its specific look.

    Use a Custom OnePager Template

  6. 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.

  7. By default, OnePager gives each swimlane an alternating color, which you can see in shades of light and dark blue. If you prefer, you can left-click on individual swimlane cells and paint them a custom color, like this:

    Custom Paint Swimlane Cells

    The same custom painting can be applied to the cells in the text column to the right of the swimlane.

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