A Tip For Ganttic's Power User: Coloring

Categories: Management Tips
If you use Ganttic more than twice a week, you should listen up. The focus of Ganttic is your projects' resources: be it people, machinery, equipment or rooms, they all have an essential part to play in succeeding in achieving your goals - completing your projects on time. As one of Ganttic's core ideas is to provide you as efficient service as possible, I'd like to introduce the coloring and color filtering feature. If you are indeed a power user, you are surely using the coloring feature Ganttic has to offer. The core idea is to see your tasks in different conditions, 'roles' if you will.
For example, at some point it is important for you to see which task is in which stage. On the other hand, you might suddenly have a need to see to which projects your task is related to. With coloring and color filtering, it could not be simpler. The logic applies to both tasks and projects.


When creating a task, you are immediately shown a task information window and in there, a small colored rectangle right next to the task's name - that's the first thing I'm talking about. Coloring helps you identify, differentiate and select your tasks and projects more easily.
We are often asked if 'it was possible to assign unique colors to each user or user groups' - the answer is 'yes'. 
You simply create each task related to each resource using a different color. For example, you can assign tasks assigned to your resource Mary to be bright red or tasks related to the resource group 'accounting' dark gray...

You could also go as far as creating 'stages' for each of your tasks or projects and assigning different colors to each stage. That means that you don't have to open each and memorize the stage to have a birds-eye view of things but can simply rely on colors.

Let's say you operate in manufacturing and your tasks (or projects) can have three stages: 'on hold' (colored red), 'in progress' (colored yellow) and 'finished' (colored green). When colored like this, you can easily address the tasks or projects that need most of your attention - the ones 'on hold', for example. The red ones.

Color Filtering

This is the part were color filtering comes into play. Essentially it's a feature that helps see the various 'roles' your tasks and project have, so to see, what is the stage of your tasks, you simply use the drop-down in the upper left corner.
By default it's named 'project color' or 'status', but as you start using the colors in your Gantt chart, the list is automatically populated.

For example, let's say that a task's colored by a resource or a resource group. At the same time, it has several stages, each having it's unique color and if that wasn't enough, you can even make the task the same color the project is, thus connecting them visually.
A better understanding means better decisions, which means better actions.