What’s the problem?
Complexity and confusion lead to poor communication and bad decision making
Ever growing complexity leads to confusion. Confusion leads to poor thinking and bad decision making because we default to cognitive biases such as:
- Confirmation bias — tendency to interpret and recall information in a way that confirms our own pre-existing beliefs.
- False-consensus effect — in which we overestimate the extent to which our opinions are typical of those around us.
- The validity effect — tendency to believe information to be correct after repeated exposure.
- The ostrich effect — tendency to ignore a dangerous or risky situation.
- Planning fallacy — in which predictions about how much time will be needed display an optimism bias and underestimate
Does any of that sound familiar in your organization??
You have a project. You’ve got challenges. Can Hubscope help?
We believe visualization is the antidote to FUD because it forces teams to clarify, simplify, and focus on the essential:
- Confirmation and consensus: challenge the team’s beliefs, invite stakeholders to comment, contribute and collaborate.
- Validity and risk: validate, iterate and improve the team’s understanding.
- Planning: investigate and account for complexity.
Hubscope is particularly useful where there is a high need for collaboration because the project scope, requirements and deliverables are complex and fluid:
- Is your project high risk?
- Is your project high profile or a reasonably high investment?
- Is your project complex with many dependencies?
- Do you have multiple different stakeholders or vendors?
- Do you already have lots of useful project data stored in spreadsheets?
If the answer is yes, to three or more of these questions, then you should try out Hubscope.
Improve clarity, communication and collaboration with Hubscope.
Visualize your data and get everyone on the same page.
Use real words
If you want to break through organisational and cultural silos then you need to avoid domain specific language. Use common terms that everybody can understand.
In Hubscope we have a very simple data model that both business people and technical people can understand and collaborate with. We start at the whiteboard and create diagrams that people can instantly understand and work with.
Focus on relationships
Spreadsheets are great for considering lists of things. Asset inventories, people who work in a department, the projects being managed by a PMO, etc. What they are not good at is showing relationships between things. Relationships and connections are an important part of how we think and understand the world.
Graphs with nodes and connections between nodes are the best way to visually represent relationships.
Computer networks can be complex, messy things. Difficult to get your arms around. Difficult for project managers to get simple answers to simple questions, such as, “How are Server A and Server D connected?”
Hubscope makes it easy for you to identify the shortest paths between two points. You can then filter out all of the other nodes and relationships and focus on the end-to-end connection.
Hubscope sounds interesting. How can I try it out?
We typically follow a three step engagement process:
- Discovery and POC: Often teams are already capturing project data in Excel. We use their template as the single source of truth and build a conversion tool that translates the data into a standard template which we then visualize.
- Pilot: We extend the data … In this scenario, clients are amazed by how much value is added by visualizing data that they already have and by how quickly adopting Hubscope generates value to the project.
- Deployment: We help the client incorporate Hubscope into their project methodologies.
Click the free trial button above to find our more and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements.