Long Term Project Planning¶
You can plan your projects with Long Term Planning. To do this, use the Reconfigure wizard and in the Project Application Configuration section, select Long Term Planning and click Configure. This installs the project_long_term module. By using this feature, you can link tasks to your planning to have a great view of who will do what at a specific time.
The traditional phased approach identifies the sequence of steps to be completed. Faces library is used for scheduling phases and tasks based on calendar resources. So resource availability or resource leaves are tracked using this tool. The Gantt chart allows you to easily manage your resources and plans by mere drag & drop. The Calendar view also helps you map your deadlines and tasks needing attention.
You can subdivide your larger projects into several phases. To define a new phase, go to Project ‣ Project ‣ Project Phases and click New. You must link your phase to a project through the Project field. For each phase, you can define your resources allocation (human or machine), describe the different tasks and link your phase to previous and following ones. You can also add constraints linked with dates and scheduling. A Gantt view of your project is available from this menu, which you may alternatively open through the Project ‣ Long Term Planning ‣ Project Phases menu.
You need to define a working schedule and leaves, since the project scheduler will use these to calculate the project dates. Ensure that you have entered a working schedule for your project in the Working Time field in the Administration tab of the Project form. This is useful to generate accurate Gantt charts for your project.
If you have tasks related to a phase, you can see them in the Tasks Details tab of your phase form. Schedule them by clicking the Schedule Tasks button. All the tasks which are in draft, pending and open state are scheduled and their dates are calculated based on the starting date of the phase.
You can similarly derive the Gantt charts for Project Phases and Resources Allocation in the following ways:
Compute Phase Scheduling¶
Obtain the Gantt chart for Project Phases through the menu Project ‣ Scheduling ‣ Compute Phase Scheduling. A dialog box will appear, allowing you to select all projects or a single project. It will compute the start date and end date of the phases which are in draft, open and pending state of the given project. Click Compute to open Gantt view.
Compute Tasks Scheduling¶
This feature has the same purpose as the previous one and is used only for projects that are not cut in phases, but only consist of a list of tasks. To access it, go to Project ‣ Scheduling ‣ Compute Task Scheduling. You must and can select only a single project for computation. It shows the Gantt chart for Resources Allocation.