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Timeline Core Concepts

Why using Timelines?

  • Chronological order: a timeline displays events in the order in which they occurred, from the earliest to the latest.

  • Duration: Timelines depict the length of time between events, either in terms of years, months, or other units of time.

  • Sequence: Timelines are used to show the sequence of events, highlighting the cause and effect relationships between different events.

  • Historical context: Timelines provide contextual information about the events depicted, such as the status, the people involved, and the context in which they occurred.

  • Visual representation: Timelines are presented visually, using graphical elements such as bars or dots to represent events and their duration, and includes accompanying text or images to provide more detail.

What is a Timeline?

A Timeline presents a sequential list of Events in chronological order. These events are sourced from Calendars , which serve as repositories of Events.

You can explore a Timeline by adjusting the date range it displays. Additionally, you have the option to group Events based on various criteria such as Environment, Category, Calendar, etc., using horizontal Swimlanes.

Different Types of Calendars offer different Types of Events.

  • Swimlanes: Customize how events are organized into Swimlanes.

  • Calendars: Control the types of Calendars & Events to be shown on the current Timeline.

  • Time Navigator: Navigate through time by scrolling to the next/previous period or jumping to a specific date.

To learn how to create a Timeline, refer to the Creating a Timeline article.

Why Calendars?

When you start scheduling Deployment, Releases, UAT, Changes, etc. or performing Post Implementation Reviews, you are quickly dealing with a high number of Events.

Calendars allows you to group these Events by themes/types, for instance Data Refresh, UAT, Infra Changes, Deployment, etc.

You can create as many Calendars as you need and add them (and their Events) to your Timelines.

Learn how to create and manage calendars: Working with Events & Calendars

Why Swimlanes?

You can greatly improve readability of a Timeline by grouping its displayed Events.

For example, you may want to see Events planned for each Environment into separate lines (one per Environment) in order to know when an Environment is available.

These horizontal groups of Events are called Swimlanes. Events can be grouped by different types of Swimlanes.

Learn how to work with Swimlanes: Working with Swimlanes

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