How to create visual project dashboards and executive dashboards.
Customers and Executives love to see project reviews presented on a PowerPoint slide in a dashboard format. This article and video discusses how to quickly build a PowerPoint project dashboard around your project timeline as shown below.
Executives and customers are most familiar with project reviews presented in PowerPoint. They are experienced in reading these presentations, and know PowerPoint will force presenters into condensing their content into the most relevant information. So they get a high-level summary of the business which enables them to make decisions quickly.
Why a dashboard?
Since executive level presentations do not require deeply detailed project reports, they should be no more than 2-3 slides per project. Using a project dashboard is the most effective way to summarize project status at a high level to audiences such as project stakeholders, sponsors, clients and management. Typically project dashboards are made up of metrics and commentary on various thigns like budget, accomplishments, risks and future actions, and all of these are anchored around a clear, up-to-date project timeline.
How to make a dashboard timeline easily in PowerPoint
Creating fresh and appealing visual project status reports or project presentations in PowerPoint is a time consuming effort for any project manager. Additionally, these presentations often need to be re-created, updated or edited on a weekly, or monthly rhythm, so finding tools that can quickly and easily create and manage this work saves time.
Office Timeline is a free timeline maker that creates and manages PowerPoint timelines for executive and customer project status presentations. These timelines are created natively in PowerPoint so they can easily integrated with a project status slide or pasted on an existing project dashboard template.
The video below demonstrates how to quickly build the timeline and dashboard slide in the image above with Office Timeline. It also demonstrates how to update your project timeline dashboard instantly and automatically with new information as your project progresses, making preparation for reoccurring project reviews and executive presentations fast.