Use Perspective to Get New Meaning from the Same Data

I absolutely love art like this!  The artist is so in touch with the perspective of the camera/viewer that they can trick our eye into making a two-dimensional piece of art seem three-dimensional.  But it’s not a trick, it’s just good use of perspective.

mh922-perspectiveWith OnePager it’s actually very easy to flip your data around to provide a different point of view to your audience, which may bring to light different and important information to be absorbed.

Let’s take the below example.  It shows a more typical Gantt chart that will allow me to see everything lined up in sequence, with swimlanes organized by phase and colors representing resources.  From this perspective, I essentially just get an overall idea of what is happening and when, along with who is doing the work.

Perspective 1

If I take the same data and modify the swimlanes and colors to be grouped by resources, it allows me a very clear view of the activities each resource is assigned over the entire initiative, at any given point in time.  It may even show me where some resources are over-allocated.  It is a very different perspective of the same data and all we did was organize it another way with a quick change to a setting.

Perspective 2

In OnePager, you can use any of your columns to group your data in different ways to provide a different perspective.  Each perspective might tell you or your audience a different story or highlight important information about an aspect of your initiative.

If you have any questions about how to try this, please send me a note at [email protected] and I’d be happy to show you!

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