Updated: Feb 20
The vast majority of project management governance, reporting and communication relies heavily on PowerPoint. However there is a real lack of high quality PowerPoint deck templates available online that are tailored for Project Manager's needs.
Read more about why buying a PowerPoint template deck is the smartest thing you can do right now....
I have found the 10 best examples available to help you make an impression at your next steering meeting...
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Looking for cool project reporting dashboards like the ones below? Then keep reading...
1. PROJECT TIMELINES AND ROADMAPS
Project Managers need to be effective communicators if they want to engage people to their projects, vision and direction.
As a result, roadmaps and timelines produced on PowerPoint are common and included in most steering or briefing packs. However they are usually plain, unengaging or flat out ugly.
With 120 timelines and roadmap templates, this template deck solves this problem. The slides are visually stunning, easily edited, and really hit the mark in terms of balancing appearance and function.
The deck even contains a few subject specific formats - so if you've ever wanted a timeline comprised of the Only Fools and Horses Reliant Robin spewing out emission clouds with dates on, this is the template for you.
2. LONDON 2020 PROJECT DECK
Probably the most extensive and aesthetically appealing project related template deck available online. Helped me get sign off of a £60 million project business case only a few weeks ago.
Whilst most online templates bulk out their offerings with hundreds of utterly pointless slides (who seriously needs a map of Burkina Faso or 700 different mobile phone mock-ups!?) this deck keeps it focused on what a Project Manager would need in the average steering deck.
It is even structured like a steering deck, starting with covers and contents pages, moving on to KPI dashboards, risks and issues slides, and Gantt charts, before ending with Any Other Business slides!
Most notably it contains hundreds of built in colour schemes, so you can recolour the entire deck in a single click to suit the project/company brand.
450 slides of genuinely useful stuff - well worth checking out.
3. GANTT CHARTS AND PROJECT CALENDARS
Project Managers spend inordinate amounts of time planning and scoping and are generally pretty good at it. But how best to communicate that plan to your audience? A Plan on a Page of course!
This template deck provides a mix of 30 Gantt charts and calendar slides to help Project Managers present their plans clearly and quickly.
The best thing about this deck is that it is integrated with Excel which means it's completely automated. Copy and paste the data in to the embedded spreadsheet and the slides update. It will literally save hours of time every time you need to create a POAP.
4. MULTI-PURPOSE BUSINESS INFOGRAPHIC PRESENTATION
Catchy name...but the slides look great. Just make sure you have enough space on your hard drive to store all the duplicates!
I love the look and feel of this deck and have had great results using the slides when presenting to senior stakeholders. I'm a big fan of the infographics which help illustrate key points without being so utterly overwhelming (like in some decks).
The deck contains 500 unique slides but the pack contains 32,000 total slides as you are spoon fed the same slides over and over again in different sizes and colour schemes. Of the 500 slides provided, many are very similar and/or pretty useless for a Project Manager (like mock-ups and CV slides) but it still represents terrific value.
5. MAXPRO BUSINESS PLAN
Bold colours and a great use of contrast between black and white areas coupled with genuinely useful chart and graph formats. I use this deck personally!
This is a similar deck to number 4 above however the range of unique slides is lower. I value quality over quantity and so am a big fan of this deck and use the various table formats and timeline layouts in my current project. It avoids over doing the infographics and images in favour of beautifying the basics.
When the template you use helps you present plans for £75 million IT projects, then you know its good.
6. SLIDE FACTORY GANTT CHARTS
Decent range of Gantt chart style plans on a page templates. Better value exists but if you want Gantt chart slides without the Excel integration, this is the best option out there.
19 slide templates might not sound like much, but this deck fills a very specific niche and it's the only one available that does. The Gantt charts here are all comprised on individual shapes and tables - there's no Excel integration at all.
This means to update and maintain the slides you might need to spend a little extra time, but you do get unparalleled control and ability to tailor to your needs.
You could probably copy the layouts yourself from the image previews - but if you feel like saving an hour of your time, get this one.
7. MEGA DASHBOARD CREATOR
If you can get over the terrible spelling, this is a handy selection of project report formats that aren't available anywhere else.
"Organigation" charts anyone? "Expance" dashboards? Yeah your guess is as good as mine but at least you can delete that text and replace it with something meaningful. The benefit of this deck is that decent KPI graph and chart templates are few and far between and this one is loaded with them.
40 dashboards is a decent return on investment - and with each being made of individual shapes, you can pick and choose the elements you like to make an unlimited range of project dashboards.
8. DATA CHARTS
It's a tricky job making data look attractive. This template deck achieves it with ease.
Project reports containing graphs are commonplace - we've seen a few examples already above - however this template deck is the most powerful of the lot.
Integrated with Excel, the graphs are fully automated, and one click colour changes help make it a 5 minute job to customise.
I personally hate creating Excel graphs in PowerPoint - the interface sucks and so this deck is a god send for me.
9. A4 PROJECT PROPOSAL
Perfect for project reports that need to be printed. A4 portrait template decks are rare and this one is popular as a result.
I despise MS Word with a passion. It's clunky and basically shit unless you want to write a novel and don't have a basic grasp of grammar. This deck enables you to use PowerPoint for reports that otherwise would have required Word.
A decent range of templates spread across 56 slides might not blow anyone away with their style and scope - but this fills a real niche.
Part of range of template decks with themes relating to the planet we live on. This deck is aesthetically stunning and taps in to the diverse, environmentally conscious mentality of modern start-ups.
This deck simply looks incredible and without editing - could populate half a steering deck easily. The best thing about it is the drag and drop image features.
Simply find your image in your document folder, drag it on to PowerPoint, and it will automatically re-size and re-shape to fit the slide. It's ridiculously smart.
Add in several hundred colour schemes and you're laughing. It's pretty cheap for what it is, a few dollars and you'll save hours. Honestly a no-brainer.