About Jay Leslie

Devoted father of two, lover of mountains, entrepreneurism, and beer. Jay carries with him fourteen years of project management experience within the cable, telecom, construction, software development, and energy industries. The spectrum of projects and programs that Jay has managed throughout his career is broad and deep, enabling him to help clients implement Chronicle Graphics software in a multitude of applications. His employment history includes positions at Narvaes Construction, Leslie Brothers Construction, CSG Systems, Echostar Satellite Services, Comcast, and Level 3 Communications.

Help! OnePager isn’t working! – Guidelines for Support Iterations

From the outset, let me state that very early on in the life of our company, we purposefully decided that customer experience would not only a priority, but a tenet of our business.

A part of this was as goal to provide best-in-class support.

We pride ourselves on our accessibility and turnaround time when our customers need help, and for the most part, we hear that our philosophy is working.

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New Video – OnePager Express Starter Tips: Proper Excel Structure

Over the next couple months we’ll be creating some videos that outline specific tips to ensure our OnePager Express users understand the fundamentals, and what to avoid, when it comes to using Excel to create and update visuals successfully in OnePager.

Here is the first, which discusses how to structure the Excel data to work properly with OnePager Express.

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.

Election Results

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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.

photo courtesy: https://www.business2community.com/

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.

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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