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Gantt Chart Template

Jira’s Gantt chart template, also known as a timeline, is a powerful project management tool for visualizing project timelines, tracking progress, and managing dependencies.

What is a Gantt chart template?

A Gantt chart template is a visual project planning tool that outlines tasks, milestones, and deliverables. Project items are represented as bars on a horizontal timeline to indicate durations and due dates. The Gantt chart also indicates dependencies between tasks, milestones, and assignees.

What does the Gantt chart template include?

Gantt chart templates are powerful visualization tools that enable teams to track project work, avoid roadblocks, and facilitate better collaboration. 


One of Gantt chart's most powerful features is the ability to see dependencies between tasks. In Jira’s Gantt chart template, dependent tasks are automatically flagged so teams can stay on top of potential delays and pivot quickly. 

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Gantt charts give project managers, their teams, and stakeholders top-down visibility into work that’s been completed, work that’s in flight, and work coming down the pipeline. 

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Gantt charts make it easy for everyone on the team to see how individual tasks are tracking towards key milestones and deadlines in a single view.

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Gantt charts are collaborative by nature, allowing team members to stay on top of their work while seeing how their tasks ladder up to larger goals. Jira’s Gantt chart template boosts collaboration by allowing teams to update task statuses, leave comments on tasks, and share files all in one place.

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How to get started with the Gantt chart template

1. Add your tasks

Input all the project tasks, subtasks, and milestones the team needs to complete. Capturing all these details is the first step to clarifying the team's workload.

2. Add the start and due dates

Set the estimated start and completion dates for each task and the project as a whole. These details allow the team to visualize the project timeline.

3. Note dependencies

Identify the relationships between tasks and their dependencies on other tasks before work commences. Keeping the dependencies in view early on will ensure they do not become roadblocks as the project progresses.

4. Note resources for each task

Note the resources necessary to complete each task. Identifying resources at the planning stage helps to avoid roadblocks later.

5. Automate your work

Where possible, reduce manual administrative work and improve the team's workflow by automating tasks using Slack, Microsoft Teams, and similar tools.

Ready to use this template?

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