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Access Gantt Chart Planner
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Project Management, Gantt Chart Planner for Access

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Since posting this, I have finished and released version 1 of the Access Project Management Template, complete with a video walkthru and sample database that you can download to try.

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Hey folks. This is just a quick post to see who's interested in something like this? I put this together for a personal project, and figured some of you might be interested in it. I'm probably not going to take the time to record a step-by-step video on building it. It took me a few hours and I really don't want to do it again, but I'd do a quick walk-thru video to show you the code in case you want to make modifications.

I did a quick Google search and I'm not seeing a lot out there for this in Access, and the few solutions I did see look like you have to install 3rd party components. What I build it strictly using native Access controls (labels, text boxes, etc.) and is fully customizeable.

Let me know, and if there is enough interest I'll package it up as a template. Also, let me know what features you'd like to see added. Right now it's just a simple proof of concept. You enter in a task description and set the start and end dates (with the mouse if you like). Buttons move left and right in time. What else?

Feature Requests

  • Timeline in 15min, 30min, hours, days, weeks, months, quarters - I guess the best thing to do would to pick an interval (minute, hour, day, etc.) and how many of those to make each block.
  • Hide weekends
  • Assign category, each with color
  • Mouse hover tooltips with description
  • Mouse drag to assign hours (not sure I can do this)
  • Complex Scheduling
  • Tasks can optionally have a ProjectID and a CustomerID if assigned to a project/customer
  • Tasks can optionally have one or more EmployeeIDs (analogous to shift hours for scheduling)
  • Option to not have same employee scheduled for more than 1 task at once (for scheduling purposes - no overlaps)
  • Add your ideas here.

 

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Ron Anderson 
12 months ago
Being a contractor this could be very helpful. How about a notes field at the bottom of the form that opens up detail notes for each task that is clicked on. Also, a button or check box to turn the notes field either on or off. Read More...
Richard Rost
12 months ago
Definitely a possibility. You can add any fields you want to each "task."
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Simon Baynton 
12 months ago
Yes i am interested in this, possible additions, can the gantt be made to handle tasks for more than one person or crew of persons and show these at the same time?
Richard Rost
12 months ago
Absolutely. I'm going to pull this into my Customer/Contact/Order template and make it so you can assign a customer to it for now. Later on, I'm going to add it to the ABCD and make it so you can assign groups.
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Antony Lee 
12 months ago
After watching the calendar seminar I actually tried to build one myself. After having a lot of setbacks I decided to shelve this to a later date and carry on with parts of my database that I could do. Anything you could produce would be very helpful.
Richard Rost
12 months ago
Yeah I would have never thought of even trying to build something like this in Access. Wouldn't have deemed it possible. Then yesterday morning it just came to me.
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