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The Best Gantt Chart Templates for Excel, Google Sheets, and PowerPoint

Tim Macchi
September 20, 2016
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Looking for an easy way to create a gantt chart on the fly with the tools you’re already using? We’ve rounded up the best gantt chart templates for Excel, Google Sheets, and PowerPoint.

None of these tools are actually made for creating gantt charts, so the creators had to do some fancy things to get them to look right. If you’re really short on time and need to create a project plan now, nothing’s faster than using TeamGantt’s free gantt chart software.

Best Excel gantt chart template

We were a bit disappointed by all the templates we found for Excel, so we went ahead and built our own free Excel gantt chart template.

This easy-to-use gantt chart template is great for scheduling simple projects that don’t require real-time collaboration. Simply plug all your project info into the Excel template, and you’re ready to present your project timeline to stakeholders in a flash.

TeamGantt’s free Excel gantt chart template enables you to:

  • Customize the gantt chart to fit your project needs
  • Set up new tasks
  • Assign task dates and team members
  • Automate task durations and timeframes
  • Track task progress

Best Google Sheets gantt chart template

We were on a roll creating gantt chart templates, so we went ahead and built one for Google Sheets too. This free Google Sheets gantt chart template provides options for collaboration you won’t find in Excel. For example, you can give team members access to edit the gantt chart so they can track task completion as the project progresses.

Best PowerPoint gantt chart template

This free PowerPoint gantt chart template includes 4 slides with editable graphics and a quick tutorial. It’s a great option if all you’re looking to do is present a project plan.

Best collaborative gantt chart template

 

Okay, we’re a bit biased here. The previous gantt chart templates are relatively more time-consuming and are manually updated.

On the flip side, TeamGantt is a full-blown project management tool that takes just 3 minutes of your time to set up. You can:

  • Create a gantt chart template in a fraction of the time
  • Collaborate with team members and track their tasks
  • Download PDF gantt charts to share with your clients and internal team

TeamGantt is so easy to use you can start creating your first free gantt chart and a have plan ready to share with your team and clients in minutes.

Try TeamGantt for free today!

Project management milestone examples

Milestones make it easier to keep projects on track by calling out major events, dates, decisions, and deliverables. Here are a few examples of project milestones you might include in your plan:

  • Start and end dates for project phases
  • Key deliveries
  • Client and stakeholder approvals
  • Important meetings and presentations
  • Key dates or outages that may impact your timeline

Let’s dig a little deeper and explore 3 specific examples of how using project milestones can benefit your projects.

Monitor deadlines

No plan is ever complete without a list of deadlines! The best way to make them noticeable is to use the project management milestones and deliverables technique. What does this mean? Make the deliverables project milestones!

Why do this? Well, it’s no secret that not everyone wants to pore over your beautiful project plan to find key dates. Most people—your teammates included—want a top-level view of key dates and events. Milestones are great for this purpose because they’re called out in a special way—usually with a diamond—in project plans.

While you should list the tasks and effort leading up to a project milestone, be sure to present the milestone at the end of those tasks to signify a delivery, or even a presentation of, the deliverable.

Here's an example of how Washington Hyperloop uses milestones to track an important deadline in their project.

Spotlight important dates

Are there days from now until the end of your project that could impact your project in some way? Maybe your team will need to be out of the office for a mandatory training. Maybe there’s a board meeting you’re expected to attend.

It’s important to keep all of these important events in mind when you’re planning a project because they could possibly impact your project schedule. So why not include them as project milestones so you can track them all in one place?

In this example, the team’s off-site strat-op meeting has been added to the project plan as a milestone so work can be scheduled around it.

date milestone in gantt chart

Identify potential project bottlenecks

Many projects rely on the work produced by external teams or partners to make forward progress. If you’re not tracking those external factors somewhere, there’s a great chance you’ll forget to follow-up on it.

That’s why it’s important to list these deliverables as project milestones if you’re working on a project that depends on someone or something outside of your project. Here’s an example of what that might look like for a client approval.

deliverable milestone in gantt chart

Want to hit major milestones on time more often?

We’ve got a free class to help you get everyone on board with your plan! Register for Plan Up: How to Create and Sell a Winning Project Plan to see why planning sets the stage for project success, and get a free Guide to Project Planning when you sign up.

How to create a project milestone

Creating milestones for your project plan can be simple, especially with TeamGantt. Once you’ve mapped out your overall process and plan with your team, you can easily add tasks, identify gantt chart milestones, and determine task owners. Adding a milestone (or converting a task to a milestone) is very easy in TeamGantt.

Once you’ve signed up for a TeamGantt account, here’s a quick video on how to create milestones:

Project milestones are easy to create and even easier to track because you’ve called out the most important points in your project.

How to share project milestones with clients and stakeholders

Want to give clients and stakeholders a high-level view of the project? Simply follow these steps to share a PDF of key project milestones in your gantt chart.

1. Filter your project by milestones.

From your gantt chart view, click the All Dates menu at the top of your gantt chart, and select Only Milestones from the drop-down.

filter gantt chart by project milestones

2. Export your filtered project to a PDF file.

Navigate to your project's Menu, and select Print/Export PDF from the drop-down.

export gantt chart with project milestones to PDF

Customize your PDF settings, then click View PDF to complete the export. From there, you can download and/or print your PDF to share with clients and stakeholders.

share PDF of gantt chart filtered by project milestones

Who would have thought such a critical step could be so easy?

Hit every project milestone with ease

TeamGantt makes it easy to create, track, and collaborate on all your project milestones so nothing slips through the cracks.

You’ll have all the features you need to ensure projects finish on time and under budget—from drag and drop simplicity and team collaboration to customizable views and workload management.

Best of all, it’s all wrapped up in a simple and intuitive interface your whole team will love. 😍

Give TeamGantt a free try today!

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