When planning a project, the timeline views of Projects and Users can be used together with filters to limit the visible projects to the one you are planning and users to specific users or groups you want to allocate to your project.
Image: Project and Users timeline
Blocking out a schedule
Use click and drag in the project timeline view to create calendar events and build your guiding schedule. The meaning of a calendar event is completely up to you to decide by giving it a name. You can allocate users on the calendar events as you create them or do that later once you know more about the scope of the project.
|Tip: If you know about a user that should be working on your project, but don't want to assign him or her just yet, you can create an event on that user in the “Users” timeline view to indicate that the user will be occupied with your project at that time.|
Finding available users
When allocating users to a project, the “Users” timeline view is useful, or the combined “Projects and Users” dashboard, where you can see both your project and users' schedules.
Filter the projects view to only show your project and use the filters on users or groups to narrow down on users that are interesting to you. Once you find users that are available by looking at their schedules, you can allocate them to the events on the project by double-clicking on the calendar event.
|Tip: Once a user is allocated on a calendar event, they are automatically part of the projects team if the "Add user to team when allocated to an event" setting is enabled.|
Filters in planning
Filtering in timeline views can be done on events, tasks, and milestones, on Projects and Users timeline views.
This can help you narrow down certain tasks or events. E.g. to look at only Compositing tasks and events.
Filters in timeline view:
Changing what you see
From the timeline views settings, you can also change how the timelines are displayed by changing:
Group by: visually group the timeline items by Default, Project, or Parent.
Appearance: Colour tasks and events by different properties such as Project, Type, Status, or Priority.
And from filters, you can change:
What type of timeline items to display: Task, Event, or Milestones.
Hide empty rows: any user or project that does not have anything scheduled will be hidden.
Interaction in timeline views
Summary of interaction when working in the timeline views:
Click and drag on an empty space to create a new event
Double-click on an empty space to add a new milestone
Drag event block to move in time
Drag the side of the event block to resize the event in time
Hover the mouse pointer over the event to see additional information
Double-click on an event to edit or delete the event
Double-click on a task or milestone to open the sidebar