Until very recently, the only way to get formal OnePager training was to purchase group training.
Now you can purchase a 2hr OnePager training class, for you as an individual, at $249.
If you’ve had a hard time convincing your colleagues that training would be beneficial, but you know it will be, this is definitely for you. Even a seasoned user will have several “aha moments” within the first 20 minutes.
We’ll be adding classes over time, so if the schedule doesn’t meet your needs, send a note to [email protected] or just take a fresh look now and again.
You’re welcome to send any questions to [email protected], any time.
One thing we’ve talked a lot about in the last year is that creating your visuals in planning (data visualization and plan communications) is a very specific area of study, and discipline.
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Communications in business, generally, should be designed for optimal readability by their audience, to cut risk. Miscommunication in business is bad. This means we need to actually put some think-time and design-work into our plan-related communications.
If you and your organization haven’t circled back around just yet, to make sure you’re doing it right, this article might help give you some food for thought on how to retroactively initiate a design phase. Continue reading
When you are changing your settings in OnePager (Home > Project-View Properties), you’ve probably noticed the three buttons at the bottom of the screen:
Everybody gets what OK and Cancel are, but Apply isn’t quite as common. In short, the Apply button lets you make changes, see them take effect, and continue to make more edits with the window still open. Keeping the window open makes it easy for you to make more changes without having to go out of Project-View Properties and then come back in:
MPUG has approached us to conduct a webinar about Best Practices in Data Visualization.
You can sign up using the two links below.
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Here is an abstract of what I’ll be discussing: Continue reading
I love this topic because it elicits a higher level of thought around designing the data visualizations we need in planning, in a way that my simple mind can consume.
In her book “Storytelling with Data,” Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic points out very early on that there are really two kinds of data visualizations: exploratory and explanatory. Exploratory visuals are created to help us figure out what the important things are within the data…they have an analytical purpose. Explanatory visuals are meant only to show us the important things…there should be little to no intended analytical value. Continue reading
I had a user recently ask my advice on standing up a OnePager User Group, and I thought the topic warranted some organized thought. Whenever I get the opportunity I always advocate for someone to spearhead creation of an internal OnePager User Group, wherever we have users. A user group can help:
Nine. Well, so says Scott Berinato, in his book Good Charts. He bases this number on a conversation he had with Tamara Munzner, a data visualization expert and professor of computer science at the University of British Columbia. Here is an example Gantt chart with more than 8 colors.
It probably won’t be a surprise to those who read last week’s blog post that I just finished Storytelling with Data – A data visualization guide for business professionals, by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic. I’m excited to say that there were hundreds of pages of new information that related directly to data visualization in planning (plan communications).
Knaflic doesn’t call just upon her research, but her own experience, in helping us to become better communicators, most recently as a manager at Google.
The marketing industry has played a large role in figuring out how to best get information across to audiences. I realize we’re in the planning-world here…so bear with me, folks.
“Storytelling” is something marketing experts have been talking about for years, as a better way to communicate brands, products, and what sets businesses apart. It’s now a recognized, tried and true approach, and one that has taken a firm foothold due to its effectiveness. Our customer experiences online are, in large part, shaped by “stories” that marketers have set up for us to more easily get to know what they’re selling, and eventually buy it.
Because of this success, storytelling is now quickly making its way into business vernacular, specifically with respect to data. With so much data being collected over the course of doing normal business, we need better ways to communicate that data (the stuff we’re “selling”), in such a way that it can be easily consumed (“buying it”). Continue reading
You may or may not have realized this yet, but if you right-click on different places in OnePager, you’re going to experience very different and specific things. Here are a handful of good examples:
1 – Right-click in the body of the chart (but not on a shape):
This allows you certain options related to swimlanes and rows, including the ability to turn them off. This is a nice shortcut to avoid having to navigate back to the Project-View Properties and update the settings in the Rows and Swimlanes tab…much less button clicking. You can also very quickly Copy your chart to the clipboard for Pasting into PowerPoint, which a lot of users often overlook, or don’t realize is possible. Continue reading