Displaying Risk in OnePager – Heatmaps

It’s not very often that you might need to look at your entire plan to pick out some sort of pattern. Analyzing our project data is usually not as simple as that.

However, when you’re looking to evaluate the timing of your risk and exposure to outside forces, it becomes important to step back and view the entire project.

In Stephen Few’s book Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis, the chapter on Time-Series Analysis and Heatmaps is very relevant to this specific data visualization in OnePager.

Heatmaps, according to Few, are “any display that uses color to encode quantitative values.” Below is an example of a traditional heatmap.

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OnePager Version 6.1 Beta is Out – Sneak Peek!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve released OnePager v6.1 in Beta to our select beta users, and testing is underway.

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Our GA (Generally Available) release date is TBD, but we’ll be working diligently until that point, to find and resolve any issues that pop up during the beta, as delivering quality software to our current and future users is of the utmost important to us.

Sign up on our release page to be informed via email when OnePager 6.1 is formally released!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming in 6.1:

  1. Data-Driven Task Links (Dependencies)
  2. Upgrades to Task Link Formatting
  3. Non-Linear Time Axis (Stretch and Hide)
  4. Floating Time Axis
  5. Hide or Shade Weekends, Weekdays, and Non-Working Hours
  6. Custom Date Formats
  7. New Shapes and Color Palettes
  8. Auto-Save

Videos of these features will be posted at a later date.

Getting Ready for Office 2019

You may have heard that Microsoft is releasing Office 2019 later this year, including Microsoft Project 2019 and Excel 2019.

Here at OnePager, we’re Microsoft Certified Partners, and have early access to the updates that are coming soon in Office 2019. We’ve been testing OnePager Pro with Project 2019, and are doing the same with OnePager Express and Excel 2019. This way, when Office 2019 is released to the public later this year, you can be assured of seamless upgrades on day one. Many of our enterprise customers won’t see Office 2019 for many years to come, since large organizations can be slow to upgrade, but we also know that some of our customers tend to upgrade more quickly, and we’re keeping that in mind as we complete our compatibility testing.

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GDPR and OnePager Communications

As a part of the EU’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), OnePager is taking certain steps to update its communications processes.

If you are a customer that we have identified as being based in the EU, or if we could not positively verify your country of origin, you will no longer receive our monthly OnePager newsletter or any educational e-mails as of May 25th. You will continue to receive account-related e-mails such as license keys, support information, and renewal notices.
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Trellis Displays Using OnePager

We often see very complex visuals, built by our users, that include just about everything they intend to communicate, all in one place.

They’ve likely created the complexity either because it’s always been done that way, or it’s what they were asked to produce (not necessarily their fault), though data visualization best practices will tell us that too many dimensions of information in one place will all blend together into an aggregate.

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Tips for Collective Proficiency in OnePager and Avoidance of Shelfware

Shelfware is the common term for unused software, which was calculated to be around 30 billion dollars annually, in the US alone, in an often quoted study performed in 2016.

We’re certain OnePager was a very small part of this waste. The largest reason, based on our own customer research, is education. Users are handed a paid license for the application, but never learn how to use it, eventually relinquishing their license.

The obvious way to avoid this waste is to invest time and/or money in some form of learning to ensure your users understand the basics of how the application works.

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Aptitudes and Attitudes of Effective Analysis – Stephen Few

Ever since we began including a section on data visualization in our formal training, we’ve only gotten one negative piece of feedback. The particular attendee suggested something like “I could have done without the content on how to make a PowerPoint slide.”

We welcome and take all feedback very seriously of course, but the comment came off as ironic given that in the training, I discuss the Dunning-Kruger Effect and its importance in successful data visualization in business today.

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