Gantt charts are most commonly used by project managers to represent activities and milestones over time. These work well however there are times when an alternative form of presentation would be nice. Not everyone new to projects and project management understands or appreciates Gantt charts, for instance.
One alternative is a timeline. There are many ways of creating these using software but one of the easiest to maintain might be that produced by MindView. MindView can take a project plan – whether a mind map created in MindView (or MindManager) or in MS Project - and prepare a timeline view with just a few clicks.
As with most things, too much detail can hide the key messages, so filter the items to show just what you need.