Product Update: New & Improved Gantt Experience

Jan 6, 2020
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We’ve been hard at work over at Rindle and we’re so thrilled to bring you some incredible updates to Gantt charts in the platform! Read on to learn more about everything we’ve updated including some new features.

New quality of life improvements

First and foremost, we’ve made a lot of what we call “quality of life improvements”. To put it simply, we’ve made Gantt more of a pleasure to use. Right off the bat, you’ll notice some edits and updates to the overall visual experience of Gantt charts including some new UI elements:

  • Overall, Gantt got a makeover 🎉
  • Can see start dates and due dates from the Gantt view

Improved usability and experience

As for quality of life improvements around usability, you’ll also likely notice a few extra things you can do in the Gantt view:

  • Click and drag tasks to the Gantt chart. Couldn’t easily do this before, but now it’s a pretty seamless experience.
  • Task will highlight when hovering over the calendar. This makes it much easier to actually see.
  • Easily drag and drop the order of the tasks in the Gantt chart. Also previously not the easiest thing to do and somewhat painful to re-order.
  • Ordering applies in the Gantt charts.
  • Improved zoom function for seeing Gantt details in the chart.
  • Multi-select and drag many things at once.

Added “duration” to tasks

While we’ve got some overall quality of life improvements to Gantt, we also added a critical update to how Gantt actually performs.

When we first built Gantt into Rindle, we figured our customers would have deadlines in mind for when each task or project was actually due. So in each task, we used the Start Date and Due Date as an anchor for the Gantt chart. As long as those two entities had dates in them, then Rindle would calculate the duration in the back-end and automatically reflect that on the calendar.

Except we quickly learned that’s not how the real world works and sometimes customers have a duration in mind instead — not necessarily a Due Date.

So instead of forcing our users to go back-and-forth on their calendars to figure out a Due Date to make the Gantt chart render properly, we added in a box for Duration to ease the process.

Now Gantt users simply just need a Start Date and a Duration (calculated in days) to quickly build a Gantt chart. Or, they can just click and drag:

It’s also important to note that Duration and Due Date are also independent of each other — meaning you can have a Due Date set beyond the Duration period of expecting to work on a task.

This makes it easier also to communicate how long you expect to work on a task while also expecting a hard due date sometime in the future.

And yes, Due Dates and Duration periods are now visible on the Gantt chart itself. Here’s an example:

To make it even more flexible for Gantt users, we’ve also added a one-click button for people who do want to set the Due Dates to the Duration. Perfect for those who simply want to call a spade a spade and save a little time picking future due dates if they’re not applicable.

Highlight key project milestones directly in Gantt

Finally, to really get those Gantt power users excited, Rindle now supports Milestones in Gantt charts.

Milestones are shown as a diamond in Gantt view. The diamond also displays on the task face in Column and List views.

If the lack of milestones was holding you back from using Gantt, now you can return to it with vigor! All you have to do is create a task on the board with your Gantt view and convert it to a milestone.

It even supports task dependencies, should you choose!

Start mapping your project now in Rindle

Ready to get started? All you have to do is click on any board in Rindle and navigate to the Gantt view. Here’s a link to the step-by-step process on how to get the most out of Rindle’s new and improved Gantt charts including the entire Gantt library of tutorials.

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