Forum OpenACS Q&A: Project Visualization tool for Project Manager

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Hi all,

I have developed a visualization tool for the Project Manager package and was hoping to get some feedback.

If anyone is involved with project management and has an understanding of pm graphics with a few minutes to spare, please email me at and i will send you a screenshot so that you can let me know your thoughts. It would be much appreciated!!


Mel, why you dont post your screenshots at ?
and then talk about that here...
Posted by Mel Wilton on
A screen shot is now available at under miscellaneous.


Posted by Jade Rubick on
Mel, first of all, thanks for doing this project -- it will be much appreciated.

Here's some feedback

1. I found the green arrows with the amount of time required to be confusing. Where are they pointing? I'm not sure why they're on arrows.

2. You might want to use color more selectively. Make the red mean something, and the blue mean something.

3. Try to take out as much from the design as you can (as Tufte recommends). Make the boxes a light gray color, and as thin a line length as possible. If possible, make them have rounded corners so they're not quite as harsh. Take out labels that aren't necessary. Task: for example. Maybe you can even do a grid for the dates

earliest start here    latest start here
earlier finish here        latest finish here

or something.

Make the position mean something, and then provide a key? Just an idea.

4. I found the timeline to be a little confusing. You have them surrounded by month? It took a while to figure out...

5. When a task is completed, how is it shown? It would be helpful if the completed tasks and not-completed tasks were clearly marked, so that you could quickly scan what needs to be done, and who needs to do it.

Posted by Jade Rubick on
Hey, Mel, any update on the project visualization tool? How is it going?