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Gantt chart colors in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations: No longer a mystery

by Evert Bos
Solution Architect, Sikich

Gantt charts are used in project planning almost by default. Microsoft Project has the Gantt chart as the standard user working screen. Gantt charts offer instant visibility of a project by showing the relationships and timelines of activities. It is hard to imagine project plans without a Gantt chart.

For the history of the Gantt chart see this link:

For Production orders the Gantt chart is less critical, but the graphical scheduling it offers is welcome for production supervisors and schedulers. Its “Resource view” is also very useful for that same group as it provides graphical information about the workload on a Resource group or Resource.

The Gantt chart for production in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (D365FO) has a refined set of options for color display that requires some special attention. It took me a while to figure it out and I had to ask the original designers for certain details.

This blog will provide the colorful details so users can decide how to assign meaningful colors in your Gantt chart.

Production order options

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About Evert Bos

I am Evert J Bos, ERP consultant since 1986. I started in Europe with IMS7 (A Honeywell Bull Mainframe ERP system) and the BaaN ERP system. Since 1995 I have worked in the USA and since 2004 I have been working with Dynamics AX.  I work for Sikich and focus mostly on manufacturing companies that make complex, engineered products.

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