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Posted on 2011-09-28
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I’d be interested how others have implemented requirements to have a graphical overview of project phases, milestones, and potentially tasks within SharePoint.

I’ve purposely not based the subject line of this posting on my favoured solution...

Currently I’m using Excel web services to show a Gantt chart showing project phases for ~10 projects with a time window of ~1 year. Whilst the initial view of this is good, it doesn’t readily give detail of each project (i.e. clicking doesn’t give the exact project phase dates) and doesn’t promote collaboration as people are reluctant to check out and update the source Excel file.

I’d like a solution based upon a Calendar view, allowing others to contribute/edit “events”. The built-in solution is too granular; I need a solution that allows at least a year to be seen without scrolling. I’m unclear as to whether activating one of the existing features in my Site Collection will help**. Spending some time on Google results in potential solutions using webparts from Bamboo Solutions (http://store.bamboosolutions.com/sharepoint-calendar-plus-web-part.aspx), FusionWidgets (http://www.fusioncharts.com/widgets/gallery.asp#gantt3), and Pentalogic (http://www.pentalogic.net/sharepoint-products/planner/example-uses/simple-project-planning). As I don’t see mention of these in the Site Collection I’ll assume they’re not available to me.

I’m aware that I may be trying to shoe-horn my bias to old-world Excel functionality into SharePoint. Have others faced similar needs, and if so, how have you solved this? Ideally I’d like to avoid code.

I’d eagerly awaiting suggestions!  Many thanks,
               
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Depending on how much you can invest on your solution, Microsoft Project Server (which runs on the SharePoint server farm) provides exactly what you are looking for.
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