During a recent presentation, a member of the audience asked if it was possible to have more than one timeline per Project 2010 schedule. Each timeline would be customised to show different levels of information for a different audience, such as the executives, or more details for a steering committee or team members. At the time the general consensus was that it wasn’t possible on the client, but you could achieve the same result if you created a number of server based timelines using the excellent post by Andrew Lavinsky and Visio Services.
However during the Ignite training last week it was revealed that it is possible to have multiple timelines stored in the same schedule, and here is how.
When you turn on the timeline, it uses a special view called the Timeline view.
To create another timeline view, click on the timeline combo and select More Views.
Choose Timeline and then copy.
Enter the name for the new Timeline, in this case I have called it Executive Timeline and modified it to show less detail.
Now you will have two timelines displayed in the gallery each linked to the Project Schedule with a different level of information or formatting.
Should you find yourself flicking between views, you can also choose to add the Gallery to the QAT for quick access by right clicking on it.
Just a final word of warning, each timeline view is tied to the data in the schedule, so you can’t push them into the enterprise global and push them around to all views :(