Different hats

Hilary Cadman Building the business, Software Leave a Comment

Last year I bought SmartDraw, with the intention of turning all my procedures into flowcharts. Then I got bogged down in project work, and the flowcharts didn’t happen. However, today I had another go, inspired by an email from SmartDraw describing VPM – visual process management. This is a neat idea whereby the organisation chart contains a hyperlink from each person  to a job map, which summarises all the processes that person is responsible for. Each process in the job map then links to a flowchart describing the steps in that process. All the charts use consistent shapes, lines and text; fit on a single page; and are read from left to right.

So far, I’ve only created an organization chart, a couple of job maps and one process, but I can see that it will be a useful exercise. Creating my job map clarified why I’m always so busy – I had trouble fitting all my responsibilities into a single page. The many hats I wear include editor, writer, formatter,  designer, manager, trainer, student, marketer and volunteer.

Hilary CadmanDifferent hats

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