A timeline provides a visual representation of events that helps you better understand history, a story, a process or any other form of an event sequence arranged in chronological order and displayed along a line (usually drawn left to right or top to bottom).

It explains what happened during a certain period or to a particular person, starting with the earliest event and moving forward through time. Increasingly, timelines are illustrated in infographics combining text and graphic images for a better presentation.

Time Table

The key elements of a timeline:

  • Tasks that are to be accomplished in a project;
  • Dates of tasks;
  • Duration of tasks;
  • Dependencies between tasks.

Company Timeline

Purpose of timelines in the business unit

A timeline chart is an effective way to visualize a process using chronological order. In the Business sector they can be used for various reasons:

Timeline for a Project Manager

In project management, knowing how to create a project timeline is one of the most essential skills a project manager, as a timeline are most useful for showing important milestones, deadlines and other significant dates and events over the lifecycle of the project. Building comprehensive, accurate timelines will help a manager get every project off on the right foot.

Key milestones for your business timeline:

  • Legal procedures such as incorporating your business or forming a partnership;
  • Acquiring the required federal, state and county licenses and permits;
  • Securing your office, retail or manufacturing space;
  • Designing, developing and packaging your product for sale;
  • Purchasing business items such as a POS system, shelving or other materials;
  • Hiring your employees;
  • Launching your marketing campaign and ads;
  • Officially opening your business;
  • Projecting your business growth.

Templates| How to organize a Timeline