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Chapter 10. The Communication Challenge > How Flowcharting Helps

How Flowcharting Helps

The communication challenge exists on every level and stays with you throughout your project. It cannot be solved in isolation during the initial definition phase and then abandoned. Your role as controller and leader requires ongoing, unending communication—to dissolve weak links, soothe conflict, and revise your schedule when necessary.

Although primarily designed to serve as a working document for team members, your network diagram also works as an aid to effective communication—on all levels. For example, when discussing an up-coming schedule conflict for team members with their department manager, you can use the network diagram to work out reassignment, change the timing of a phase, or change work sequences. If the network diagram is too complex for this purpose, it could inhibit communication rather than help. If numerous concurrent phases will be under way during the problematical time, anyone not accustomed to using horizontal flowcharts could be confused by its design. In these cases, create a simplified top-to-bottom variation of the network diagram. This is more familiar to most people, and it will help in communicating the problems with isolated segments—whether phases or a segment of a longer phase.


  

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