At OnePager, we’re doing research into how people best absorb visual information, and working to translate that into best practices for plan communications. Our hope is that our work on this subject and the knowledge we’re passing along will help our OnePager users make better Gantt charts, and be the best communicators they can be.
In today’s connected world, it’s increasingly common for project and portfolio managers to collaborate with teams across multiple countries and cultures.
In some ways, working globally is a great thing. Talent can be acquired and nurtured wherever it’s found, marketplace efficiencies can drive bottom-line benefits, and diverse viewpoints often lead to superior finished products and processes. But there are certainly challenges, too – and few see them more keenly than the project manager.
Keeping individuals and departments on the same page (and the same timeline) when they’re divided by distance, language, and culture can be difficult. As a result, many project and portfolio managers are turning to project visuals, like Gantt charts and “birds on a wire” timelines, to effectively communicate globally. Here’s why.
We often receive this question within our support interactions: “Why doesn’t my % Complete bar match today’s date?”
OnePager is data-driven. Ever wonder why that matters? The answer to you may be obvious, but based on our conversations, it’s not something everyone has thought about.
To help, we’ve created a guide that discusses the importance of data-driven visuals in the realm of project management. We hope you find it informative and useful. Just click on the image below, or here, to read-on.
Not all of the OnePager tips and tricks videos make it onto our Support Videos page. But every video we’ve ever made can be found on our YouTube channel.
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:
Human beings have been using visuals to communicate for some 40,000 years. Whether it’s a cave painting of a deer or a complex, computer-generated chart showing the steps involved in building a rocket, the aim is the same: Get the information across as efficiently as possible, in a universally understandable manner. Visuals rely on language and cultural cues significantly less than spoken or written words; in many ways, they’re simply easier for (most people’s) brains to process.
Happy New Year to all of our OnePager users!
We very much appreciate you and hope you find this week’s edition helpful. These are our top-three most viewed blog articles of all time.
At #3 with 1,940 views – Best Practices for Project Reporting: Swimlanes (Part 3/6)
At #2 with 4,077 views – Building Gantt Charts in PowerPoint? Think again!
At #1 with 7,133 views – Microsoft Project Formulas: the Smart Way to Filter Tasks for OnePager Pro
We wish you and your colleagues the very best in 2016!
Sincerely, The Chronicle Graphics Team
Last week we presented the first video in a series outlining the new improvements to OnePager in version 5.3. If you missed it, you can watch it by clicking this link.
This week is Part 2 and can be viewed below.
We’ll be reaching out to all existing users very soon with more information about how to upgrade to OnePager version 5.3, so please hold tight!
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.