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.
Now and again you might experience what appears to be the outline of a shape, or “ghost shape” in your chart after executing a sequence of mouse movements.
You can’t click on these items or select them in any way.
There is a very easy way to remove these if they do appear: the View > Redraw button.
Every now and again we’ll have a user tell us that OnePager has, over time, gotten slower at things like opening and updating OnePager files, or responding to certain commands in the editor.
99% of the time there is a single smoking gun when it comes to what the user describes as slow performance: LOTS of Data Continue reading
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.
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:
- Data-Driven Task Links (Dependencies)
- Upgrades to Task Link Formatting
- Non-Linear Time Axis (Stretch and Hide)
- Floating Time Axis
- Hide or Shade Weekends, Weekdays, and Non-Working Hours
- Custom Date Formats
- New Shapes and Color Palettes
Videos of these features will be posted at a later date.
I had a customer reach out with a question recently, which is prompting this blog post.
The question was: I have a need to display 3 separate options for us to reach a very particular milestone on our initiative.
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.
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.
OnePager is a grassroots application that grows from the bottom up in an organization. People find it, have to have it, and then simply find or grind a way to buy it.
Then it begins to spread.
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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.