We recently discovered a smart psychiatrist named Jon Leiff, during our reading of “Good Charts” by Scott Berinato. (Good Charts is a treasure trove of information, if you’re interested in learning more about making better charts…a must read for any business professional).
Dr. Lieff inked a blog post back in April of 2015 titled “How Does Expectation Affect Perception.” In it, he digs into how our brains are programmed to take information in, and how that programming impacts our interpretation of that information (a gross oversimplification).
In presenting Gantt charts and other plan communications, setting expectations is very important in ensuring that our audience can absorb the information they require as quickly and easily as possible.
I often have users ask me how I would display a level of certainty around a particular milestone or task.
The need exists because the initiative spans many years, and therefore, items in the plan set to begin, or complete, in the near future are fairly certain in terms of their target dates. However, items further out on the timeline need to be interpreted as loose estimates.
This is actually very easily accomplished in OnePager, as long as you have a column with a value that indicates the various levels of certainty you want to communicate.
I get asked a lot about how to display variance in OnePager. This post will hopefully get your creative juices flowing about how to meet your specific needs. You might be interested in a project summary chart that looks something like this:
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While we do have an upcoming 3rd and final Video for the 5.3 release, we’ve decided to hold that until January.
But, rather than give you all a cheeky holiday post, we thought another “Best of” was warranted.
We’ve had many blog posts over the years about best practices in OnePager, which are all still relevant today. These three, in particular, are toward the top of the list, and we hope you find them informative!
What if I told you that a Gantt Chart was a form of Business Intelligence (BI)? Wait, hear me out.
Wikipedia tells me that BI is “the set of techniques and tools for the transformation of raw data into meaningful and useful information for business analysis purposes.” Yep, sounds like a Gantt Chart to me.
Prior to using OnePager, you didn’t have to consider how much space your project plan’s task or milestone labels would consume in a chart. Regardless of how long they were, you always had to re-type them anyway into whatever other application you were using to create your reports — and most people shortened labels while retyping. But now that you’re using your actual plan data to drive your visuals, label length is a major consideration.
Take a look at the examples below. The first has very long labels, while the second uses only what is necessary for the audience to understand what the activity or milestone is. (Double-click to enlarge each image.)