Visualise Your Project

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This slideshow demonstrates lots of ways of 'seeing' projects. Visualisation is an important tool for knowledge workers, including project managers....Geoff(www.performancepeople.com.au)

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  • 1. Geoff Higgins
  • 2. Lots of Options
    • There are innumerable ways to represent your project using lines and shapes.
    • The advantage of visually representing your project is that people can get a better understanding of:
    • Why the project is being undertaken
    • What the project should achieve
    • How it will be achieved
    • Who will be involved
    • How it all fits together
  • 3. Visual Representations
    • The Stakeholders
    • Mind Map
    • Your Team
    • Skills Matrix
    • Resource Availability Calendar
    • The Project Phases
    • Chevron Diagram (or similar)
    • The Approach
    • Network Diagram
    • Gantt Chart
    • Bar Chart
    • One Page Project Manager (Dots & Gas Bar)
    • The Product/Deliverable
    • Anything goes
    • An Approach/Product Hybrid
  • 4. Mind Map (Stakeholders) Government Federal State Local Industry Employer Groups Individual Organisations Consultants PROJECT ??? Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd
  • 5. Mind Map (Stakeholders) Government Federal State Local Industry Employer Groups Individual Organisations Consultants Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd PROJECT
    • You can mindmap lots of things:
    • System Functionality
    • User expectations
    • Interface alternatives
    • Audience experiences
    • Project deliverables
  • 6. The Approach
    • A diagram that represents how we will get there.
    • Focussed on process/resourcing/timeframes.
    • Could be used to:
      • Show people what they need to do.
      • Show people what will be done.
      • Convince people we know what we are doing.
      • Convince people it can be done.
    • Useful for anyone interested in the project.
  • 7. Image Source: CQUniversity 2009 Project Management Framework Guide Chevron Diagram ( CQUniversitys Project Management Framework)
  • 8. Project Schedule (Project Plan) Project Definition Project Specification (Project Charter)
      • Project Activities
      • Estimated Durations
      • Assigned Resources
      • Budget
    + = Sign Off
      • Project Title
      • Project Manager
      • Stakeholder Analysis
      • Project Objectives
      • Project Constraints
    Box Diagram (Phases) Image Source: Performance People Pty Ltd
  • 9. Basic Network Diagram Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd
  • 10. Network Diagram Activities on node (no resources). Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd
  • 11. Network Diagram Activities on node (no resources). Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd Drawn by hand ugly but effective!
  • 12. Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd Network Diagram Activities on nodes, arrows for relationships.
  • 13. Henri Gantt (1861 - 1919) Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd & www.wikipedia.org Gantt Chart Thank-you Henri! (And Karol Adamiecki)
  • 14. Gantt Chart Timeline with a bar for each task and an arrow for relationships. Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd Gantt Chart
  • 15. Bar Chart Bars by related work & by resource. Image source: Performance People Pty Ltd Bar Chart
  • 16. Image source: : www.octanner.com & Performance People Pty Ltd
  • 17. The Product/Deliverable
    • A diagram that represents the outcome.
    • Focussed on objectives/purpose/products, not activities/tasks.
    • Could be in a one- to two-page brochure, including:
      • Project objective & benefits.
      • The diagram of the project.
    • Useful for the Project Board & other stakeholders.
  • 18. Green Dorm/Living Lab at Stanford University
    • Source: http://www.stanford.edu/group/greendorm/greendorm.html
  • 19. Teligence Building Data Centres Image Source: Teligence www.teligenceuk.co.uk
  • 20. Approach & Product Hybrid
    • A diagram that represents both how we will get there and the outcome.
    • Focussed on activities/tasks and objectives/purpose/products.
    • A holistic way of showing off the project.
    • Useful for the Project Board & other stakeholders.
  • 21. TAFE NSW Search for a VET Pedagogy
    • Source: http://www.icvet.tafensw.edu.au/aboutus/ourwork/vet_pedagogy/
  • 22. Pop!Techs Accelerator (a social innovation incubator)
    • Source: http://www.globaldevelopmentcommons.net/node/1377
    • (A project of the Global Development Commons)
  • 23. Image source: www.flickr.com creative commons license: Grayskullduggery; gabig58; Bev Traynor Knowledge Caf (Introductory Slide)
  • 24. User Stories as Collaborative Design Tools
    • Source: http://johnnyholland.org/2009/08/13/user-stories-a-strategic-design-tool/
    • (Johnny Holland Magazine)
  • 25. Call To Arms!
    • Draw it! (rough is OK)
    • Put it on the wall where you can see it
    • Give it to the project team
    • Email it to the steering committee
    • Make it your desktop & screen saver
    • Put it on the wall in the foyer
    • If possible, mark off progress, and update when the project changes a lot
  • 26. www.performancepeople.com.au