Expanding the Soft Skills Toolkit: The Art and Science of Diagramming
C2 | Tue 22 Jan | 2:30 p.m.–3:10 p.m.
Adam began his career as a VBA developer, then moved on to .NET and WPF languages. He eventually found himself working as a consultant for a software company, then a business analyst and technical writer. He is currently the service owner for several major enterprise architecture platforms at a major Australian bank. Outside of work, Adam enjoys practicing theatrical combat, firing cannons during Napoleonic battle recreations, taking photos of food and ringing church bells.
You’ve put in the hard yards to plan your project, and now it’s time to get buy-in from the stakeholders. You’ve set up the meetings, you’re planning your presentation. Oh, no! The process diagram looks like a bowl of spaghetti, and that flowchart has more loops than a chainmail shirt. How are the meeting attendees going to understand this? Never fear! Once you understand the principles of good diagramming, you will be a master of supplying the right image, first time, every time! People far (like the back of the meeting room) and wide (like the person all the way in the corner over there) will understand your intent at the merest glance. You’ll learn how to make effective diagram that stick in the mind of your audience. In doing so, you’ll be able to present information quickly and comprehensibly to people, and be able to explain even the most complex of processes with clarity and ease. The principles that you learn here will also translate well into UI design and many other facets of user-facing application development and communication.