Timeline Diagrams

Timeline diagram is a simple and intuitive way to display the list of events in a chronological order on a horizontal bar or line that represents the path of time from the left to right. Timeline diagrams clearly reflect all information about events, what events have occurred and when, what happened before and after one or another event, what events will happen soon, so they are incredibly convenient for quick understanding of timing relations, for analysis and planning. The scope of application the Timeline diagrams is extensive - from the displaying of historical facts to restoring of events' chronology at the case of some incidents. A widespread is the use of Timeline Diagrams in a field of project management, where they allow to visualize the steps of the business project, important milestones and deadlines, and to define the project progress.

The area of project management and project scheduling is quite extensive and does not stop to grow and to develop. Annually the project managers and other professionals in this field create the innovative methods and new trends with aim of increasing the productivity and improvement the business results. However, the basic components of any project remain unaltered, these are the time limits, timeline and Gantt chart. When working with long and complex project, consisting of several stages and including a lot of tasks, it is especially important to visualize all chronology of work on the project, accurately placing the key points of the project (milestones) on the time axis. Timeline diagrams help to display all this information in the best way. When representing the project timeline in a visual way, you supply each member of project team with perfect opportunity to clearly see all project stages that must to be performed to complete this project, to observe their start and end dates, the project deadlines, durations, milestones and to identify the project progress in a moment.

The Timeline Diagrams solution extends ConceptDraw PRO diagramming software with samples, templates and libraries of specially developed smart vector design elements of timeline bars, time intervals, milestones, events, today marker, legend, and many other elements with custom properties for professional drawing clear and intuitive Timeline Diagrams, which are ideal for use in presentations, reports, education materials, and other documentation. Depending on your project needs, you can design simple Timeline Diagrams and designate only the main project stages, or highly detailed Timeline Diagrams depicting all project tasks, subtasks, milestones, deadlines, responsible persons and other description information.


There is 2 library containing 36 vector shapes in the Timeline Diagrams solution.

Design Elements — Project Timeline

Design Elements — Project Timeline

Design Elements — Timeline Diagram

Design Elements — Timeline Diagram

Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the Timeline Diagrams Solution; they demonstrate a portion of the solution's capabilities and the professional results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Timeline Diagrams Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Example 1: Timeline Diagram — Project Schedule

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

The project schedule is one of the main definitions in a project planning and project management. It is a useful tool for representation, monitoring, communication and reporting about the project progress. The project schedule visually depicts all work connected with a project's execution on time, indicates the main project stages that need to be done with obligatory indication the start and end dates, milestones in a chronological sequence, activities, deliverables, and resources that must to be utilized to deliver all works on a project. At the real projects, the project schedule informs all team members about the overall project status and is available for updating by each team member to reflect always the actual information. This sample diagram shows the project schedule, with its checkpoints and milestones, on the timeline. The period of project execution includes the months from two years, the use of two colors allowed to divide the periods corresponding to different years.

Timeline Diagram — Project Schedule

Example 2: Timeline Diagram — Business Project Plan

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

A business plan is a fundamental document of any project, it allows to structure all information about the life cycle of a business, to define the main idea of a business project and ways of its implementation, the time limits, necessary investments, expected profits, possible losses and indexes of profitability. This information can be displayed in a short summarized or in detailed view. Timeline diagram is a very useful project management tool to show the project phases and to track the progress. This Timeline diagram example depicts the business plan for a project of semi-annual duration, which contains four phases following precisely each after another. The end date of each phase is marked with a milestone, besides you can notice one additional milestone during the fourth phase. The accurate layout of phases on a diagram is the result of automatic placement in accordance with the dates specified for these objects in right side panel "Custom Properties".

Timeline Diagram — Business Project Plan

Example 3: Timeline Diagram — Request for Proposal Plan

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

Request for Proposal (RFP) is a documented request of an organization or company that is interested in buying some goods, products or services. It contains the stated objectives and requirements for a product or service, quality criteria and criteria of suppliers’ selection. RFP helps to receive a wide range of solutions and to make the correct decision. Thus, the Request for Proposal informs the suppliers about the organization’s intentions and needs, about the extended requirements, and encourages them to make their suggestions. This sample diagram shows the stages of Request for Proposal plan on a timeline. If the timeline bar shows only the project start and end dates, the top element on this diagram lets to detail the information according to the months and weeks. The application of distinctive colors, such as for Project Start and Final Reports milestones, is an intuitive way to highlight the most important points on the diagram.

Timeline Diagram — Request for Proposal Plan

Example 4: Business Startup Timeline

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

A startup is a new business project created with a goal of profit from this project after its development. It can be created in any area of business, at this it is important to remember that its distinctive feature is a unique and original idea on the creation an innovative product, process or service. This Timeline diagram sample illustrates the sequence of processes in a business startup planning, on a chronological scale with depiction the milestones in time. The smart objects offered by the libraries of Timeline Diagrams solution possess the custom properties, the values of which you can change at any moment according to your project's data. Thus, for a given project timeline object can be set the Start date, Finish date, Interval number and Guide line number, for milestones and task objects these are only their dates. The use of a legend helps to indicate the colors used on a given diagram.

Business Startup Timeline

Example 5: Timeline Diagram

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

Timeline diagram is a good way to visualize events chronologically. A milestone is a critical point, important decision or event that receives a special attention, often it is used at the end of a completed work package or a phase. You can use different milestone symbols to divide events into the logical groups. This Timeline chart sample presents the project milestones and events on a chronological scale. The use of predesigned vector objects from the ConceptDraw's Project Timeline and Timeline Diagram libraries makes your timeline diagramming quick and easy: simply drag the needed objects from the libraries and set their custom properties. The milestone object need to be connected to the timeline bar and will be automatically placed according to its date. The labels of timeline dates are reflected automatically on a diagram from the custom properties and cannot be edited manually, the names of milestones and events are typed from the keyboard.

Timeline Diagram

Example 6: Project Timeline

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This timeline sample visualizes the project timeline with indication all project tasks and milestones in a chronological order. You can change the dates and other project data for selected timeline element in right side panel "Custom Properties". You can also drag the task interval vertically above or below, parallel to the timeline bar, while the horizontal position of the attached task is determined proceeding from the established dates in custom properties. It is desirable to place the tasks with equal time limits on the distance from each other, without overlapping the intervals. After changing the dates or other data for the selected element, the object position on the diagram will be automatically renovated. For the ConceptDraw's task objects is provided the possibility to show / hide the complete degree in percents and the critical path using the commands from the object’s Action menu. The use of colors lets to make semantic accents on your Timeline diagram.

Project Timeline

Template 1: Project Timeline

This template was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

Timeline diagram is the best broad overview of a sequence of project events and steps in time. This template is a perfect base for designing the Project Timeline Diagram with ConceptDraw PRO software. This project template depicts two phases with tasks, milestones and events. The phases are colored differently on the diagram, the correspondence of colors is represented at the legend, so you can identify at-a-glance the affiliation of task to one or another phase. Remove some tasks according to your project or vice versa add tasks using the objects from the Timeline Diagram solution libraries. Change the project title and type the names for tasks, milestones and events, enter the dates for each of them and identify the project limits in right side panel "Custom Properties". The timeline object contains a little more custom properties to be set, apart from project dates you can set the quantity of interval on the timeline bar and quantity of lines under timeline for placement the tasks intervals.

Project Timeline Template

Template 2: Timeline Diagram

This template was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the combination of libraries from the Timeline Diagrams Solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

Timeline diagram is the best way to visualize the order or chronology of trends for some subject, historical events, business project processes, etc. It is used to represent visually the time lapses between events, durations, overlap of events. This template is sufficiently simple, but it is perfect for drawing the own Timeline Diagram on its base. You can change the time period on other desired, add new events along a horizontal line within seconds, change the Custom properties for each diagram’s object, add the text and change the title, change the colors of pre-drawn objects, add clipart and images, if necessary. Thus, you will receive professional looking Timeline diagram that is perfect for use in presentations, articles, reports, education materials, etc. This template contains a lot of informational tips about the Timeline diagrams and their components, all they will be quite helpful for better understanding their meaning and principles of creation.

Timeline Diagram Template

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ConceptDraw PRO and the “Timeline Diagrams” solution, found in the Management area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, are all you need to get started. Make sure both are installed on your computer.

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw STORE and ConceptDraw PRO. Next, install the “Timeline Diagrams” solution using ConceptDraw STORE.

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