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An Innovative Approach to Communicating Project Progress

April 29, 2013

9 am - 4 pm; 6 PDU; $359; Baldwin Wallace, Berea
Instructor: Dave Davis

Information graphics, or infographics, are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. They display complex information in ways that can be easily understood at a glance – making them powerful tools for anyone needing to relay various project statuses to multiple audiences. 

As a business analyst, project manager, program manager or other key stakeholder, you have a role in defining business improvement opportunities, analyzing work in progress, and reporting the current status of business improvement projects. Your challenge is to provide concise statuses that convey well structured, easy to understand, and crisp information. In this course, you will learn how the use of infographics has changed the communications landscape and how you can create and employ infographics to communicate project progress. The workshop will cover what infographics are, how to create them, why infographics work, and how to integrate them over a project’s lifecycle. You will work as part of a team to create infographic sketches in a business simulation involving the transformation of a project. You will organize information into various categories and developing sketches presenting the project’s business opportunity, requirements, project plan, status and benefits. Finally, you will examine real world infographics to understand the quality characteristics that combine analysis, status, and the improvement opportunity story.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand the purpose and components of infographics
  • Display complex information in ways that can be understood at a glance
  • Name quality characteristics of good infographics
  • Identify opportunities to use infographics as a communication tool in the project life cycle
  • Learn available software and strategies for creating infographics
  • Apply infographic principles to a business case

Target Audience: For project managers, program managers, portfolio managers, business analysts, process engineers, finance professionals, customer relationship managers, help desk support staff, and anyone within organizations responsible for communicating complex statuses to multiple audiences. Participants should have a basic understanding of project management principles before taking the course.

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