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 is a display of a list of events in chronological order. These events are provided by calendars. A calendar is a source of events.
You navigate a timeline by adjusting its visible date range. You can group events (by environment, category, calendar,…) using horizontal swimlanes.
Different types of calendars will provide different types of events.
Swimlanes: manage how Events should be grouped into Swimlanes
Calendars: manage the types of Calendars & Events to display on current timeline
Time Navigator: scroll to next/previous period or to jump to a specific date
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.
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.