Gantt Chart

Introduction

Redmineflux Gantt chart plugin is a powerful project management tool that helps visualize project schedules, tasks, and dependencies in a clear and organized manner. By presenting tasks as horizontal bars along a timeline, Gantt charts offer a visual representation of project activities, their start and end dates, and how they interrelate. Redmineflux Gantt Chart has become an essential asset for project managers, teams, and stakeholders to effectively plan, monitor, and track project progress. 

Installation

To install the Redmineflux Gantt Chart Plugin  follow these steps

  1. Make sure you have a working installation of Redmine. 
  2. Extract the downloaded  Gantt Chart  archive to the “Plugins” directory of your Redmine installation.
  3. Run the following command from the Redmine root directory to install the plugin dependencies:
    bundle install
  4. Run migrate command for database migration:
    ->In Production
    RAILS_ENV=Production bundle exec rails redmine:plugins:migrate
    ->In Development
    RAILS_ENV=Development bundle exec rails redmine:plugins:migrate
  5. Restart the Redmine server to load the plugin
    rails s  

Configuration

  1. Login into Redmine as an administrator. 
  2. Navigate to a project where you want to see the Gantt Chart. 
  3. Click on the Settings tab in the project menu.  
  4. From the modules section do check on “Redmineflux Gantt Chart” option to enable Gantt Chart in the project. 
  5. Click on the save button to see the changes. 

How to

How to View Gantt Chart  

  1. Login to Redmine using your credentials. 
  2. Navigate to the desired project for which you want to view the Gantt Chart. 
  3. Click on “Flux Gantt” tab to access the Gantt Chart of specific Project. 

 

How to Create a Release Using Gantt Chart  

  1. To create a new Release using Redmineflux Gantt Chart click on “Add Release” button. 
  2. A popup will appear with name, description and due date field. 
  3. Fill all the fields and click on “Save” button.  
  4. A new release will be visible in the Gantt dashboard. 
  5. Click on “Cancel” button to discard the changes. 



How to Update Release Using Gantt Chart 

To update release in the Gantt Chart, follow these steps: 

  1. Double-click on the release name. 
  2. A popup will appear displaying fields release name, description and due date. 
  3. Update the desired field and click on “Save” button. 
  4. If you wish to discard the changes, you can click the “Cancel” button to revert the changes and close the popup window.

How to Add Task to the releases in the Gantt Chart  

  1. To add a task to a release in the Gantt Chart click on the “Add Issue”button. 
  2. Upon clicking, a popup window will appear, displaying fields such as subject, start date, due date, and more. 
  3. Fille in all the required fields and click on “Save” button. 
  4. This action will result in the addition of a new task to the specified release, and it will become visible on the Gantt dashboard. 
  5. If you need to abandon the changes, you can click on the “Cancel” button to revert the changes and close the popup window. 

How to Update Task Using Gantt Chart 

To update task in Gantt Chart follow these steps 

  1. Double-click on the task bars within the timeline area. 
  2. A popup will appear, displaying fields like subject, start date, release, and more. 
  3. Update the desired field and click the “Save” button. 
  4. The selected task will be updated and will be reflected in the Gantt dashboard. 
  5. If you wish to discard the changes, you can click the“Cancel” button to revert the changes and close the popup window. 

How to delete task Using Gantt Chart  

To Delete task from Gantt Chart, follow these steps: 

  1. Double-click the task you wish to delete in the Gantt Chart. 
  2. A popup will appear; within this popup, you will find a “Delete” button. 
  3. Click the “Delete” button. 
  4. A confirmation popup will subsequently appear; click the “Delete” button within this confirmation popup to remove the task from the Gantt Chart. 
  5. Should you need to discard the changes, you can click the “Cancel” button to undo the changes and close the popup window. 

How to add task relation Using Gantt Chart

To establish task relations (links) in the Gantt Chart, follow these steps: 

  1. Open your Redmine project and navigate to the Gantt Chart view. 
  2. Identify the task you want to link with another task. Click on the task bar to select it. 
  3. While holding down the mouse button, drag the selected task’s bar to the target task’s bar. This initiates the process of creating a task relation. 
  4. Once you’ve positioned the selected task’s bar over the target task’s bar, release the mouse button. This action will trigger a context menu. 
  5. The task relation will then be established between the two tasks. 
  6. The Gantt Chart will now illustrate the established task relation, providing a clear representation of the interdependency between the tasks. 

How to delete task relation (link) Using Gantt Chart  

To delete task relations (links) in the Gantt Chart, follow these steps: 

  1. Double-click on the task link. 
  2. A confirmation popup will appear. Click the “Delete” button to remove the task relation. 
  3. Click on “Cancel” button to discard the changes. 
  4. Once you have clicked the “Delete” button, task relation will be removed from the Gantt Chart. 

How to customize columns Using Gantt Chart  

To customize columns in the Gantt chart, follow these steps: 

  1. Click on the “Setting” icon. 
  2. Upon clicking it, you will see a list of columns you can add to the Gantt Chart, such as task progress, assignee and estimated hours. 
  3. If you check the checkboxes besides column names, the selected column names will be added to the Gantt Chart. 
  4. If you uncheck the checkbox, the selected column will be removed from the Gantt Chart. 

How to change task bar colors Using Gantt Chart  

To view Gantt Chart in Full Screen Mode, follow these steps: 

  1. Open your Redmine project and navigate to the Gantt Chart view. 
  2. Click on “Full Screen” icon to view Gantt Chart in Full Screen Mode. 

How to move task from one release to other release Using Gantt Chart 

To move task from one release to another using Redmineflux Gantt Chart, follow these steps: 

  1. Choose the task that you intend to move from its current release to another one. 
  2. Click and hold the selected task, then drag it to the section corresponding to the desired release. 
  3. Release the mouse button to drop the task into the chosen release section. 
  4. After dropping the task, the release associated with the task will be automatically updated. You will now see this change reflected in the Gantt Dashboard 

How to Expand and Collapse Gantt Chart

  1. To Collapse Gantt Chart, simply click on “Collapse All” option. 
  2. To Expand Gantt Chart, simply click on “Expand All” option. 

How to Search for Tasks or Releases in the Gantt Chart 

The Redmineflux Gantt Chart feature allows users to conveniently search for tasks within the Gantt dashboard using task ID or subject. Additionally, users can search for specific release by utilizing release ID or name. 

How to View the Gantt Chart for a Custom Date Range in Gantt Chart 

To view the Gantt Chart for a custom date range in Redmineflux Gantt Chart, follow these steps: 

  1. Locate the date range selector or date picker option. 
  2. Click on the date range selector to open the calendar. 
  3. Choose the start date and end date that define your desired custom date range. 
  4. Once you have selected the appropriate dates, the Gantt Chart will automatically update to display the tasks and release allocation within the specified custom date range. 

By selecting a custom date range, you can easily analyze and monitor the Gantt Chart of your team or project within a specific timeframe, allowing for better planning and release management. 

How can I change the zoom level options to view the Gantt Chart differently 

To adjust the zoom level and view the Gantt Chart with different levels of detail, follow these steps: 

  1. Click on the “Zoom Level” option in the Gantt Chart interface. 
  2. From the dropdown menu, select your desired option, which may include choices like day, hour, week, month, or year. 
  3. As you make your selection, the Gantt Chart will automatically adjust to display tasks and timeframes in the chosen zoom level, providing you with a different level of detail tailored to your selection. 

Troubleshooting

  • Check Browser Compatibility: Ensure that you are using a supported web browser for the Redmineflux Gantt Chart. Some features might not work properly if you are using an outdated or unsupported browser. Consider using the latest versions of browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge. 
  • Clear Browser Cache: If you notice any unusual behavior, try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies. Cached data can sometimes cause display or functionality issues. 
  • Update Redmine Plugin: Ensure that you are using the latest version of the Redmineflux Gantt Chart plugin. Outdated plugins might not be fully compatible with the latest versions of Redmine or might have bugs that have been fixed in newer releases. 
  • Check Redmine Version Compatibility: Verify that the version of Redmine you are using is compatible with the version of the Flux Gantt Chart plugin. Some features might not work correctly if there is a compatibility mismatch. 
  • Disable Conflicting Plugins: If you have multiple plugins installed in Redmine, there might be conflicts between them. Temporarily disable other plugins and check if the Gantt Chart issue persists. This can help identify if a specific plugin is causing the problem. 
  • Check Permissions: Ensure that you have the necessary permissions to access and use the Gantt Chart feature. Check your user roles and settings in Redmine to make sure you have the required privileges. 

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) 

1. What is the Redmineflux Gantt Chart plugin?  

The Redmineflux Gantt Chart plugin enhances the project management capabilities of Redmine by providing an interactive Gantt Chart view. It helps visualize project timelines, tasks, dependencies, and resource allocation. 

2. How do I install the Flux Gantt Chart plugin in Redmine?  

To install the plugin, you typically need to download the plugin files, upload them to your Redmine installation, run database migrations, and then restart your Redmine instance. Detailed installation instructions can be found in the plugin’s documentation. 

3. Can I customize the appearance of the Gantt Chart?  

Yes, the plugin often offers customization options. You can usually adjust colors, date formats, and the way tasks are displayed on the Gantt Chart. Refer to the plugin’s documentation for details on available customization settings. 

4. Can I link tasks and set dependencies using the Gantt Chart?  

Yes, most Gantt Chart plugins allow you to define task dependencies and link them together. This helps represent the logical sequence of tasks within a project. 

5. Are there zoom options available in the Gantt Chart?  

Yes, zoom options are often provided to allow you to adjust the level of detail on the Gantt Chart.  

6. How can I move tasks on the Gantt Chart to different dates? You can typically click and drag tasks to move them to different dates on the Gantt Chart. This is a convenient way to adjust timelines when project schedules change. 

Uninstallation  

To uninstall the Redmineflux Gantt Chart Plugin , follow these steps: 

  1. Go to the Gantt Chart Plugins directory in Redmine. 
  2. Delete the entire Gantt Chart directory from Redmine/plugins directory. This step removes the plugin files from your Redmine installation. 
  3. If the plugin required a migration, run the following command to downgrade your database (make a db backup before) 

    Bundle exec rake redmine:plugins:migrate Name=plugin name VERSION=0 RAILS_ENV=production 
  4. Restart the Redmine server to see the changes. 
  5. This will uninstall the Redmineflux Gantt Chart Plugin from Redmine. 

Version Compatibility  

Redmine Versions

  1. 4.0.x, 4.1.x, 4.2.x 
  2. 5.0.x 
  3. 6.0.x(coming soon) 

Conclusion 

Redmineflux Gantt Chart plugin serves as an invaluable asset in your project management toolkit. By seamlessly integrating with your existing Redmine environment, it empowers you to visualize project timelines, track task progress, and manage dependencies with unprecedented clarity.