Framework: PF001 – 0420
4 - Primary or Horizontal Divisions
20 - Secondary or Vertical Divisions
Part of series: PF001 Process Flow 001 – Decision/Issue Trees
Series Keywords: process, decision tree, flow
This type of framework is used to show outcomes, e.g., if "yes," then this will happen; if "no," then this will happen (see example).It can also be used as a variation of an org chart.This chart can be animated according to horizontal strings of text/thought or by introducing the vertical columns sequentially, depending on the presenter's needs.These decision trees are tremendously useful to identify and discuss possibilities when strategizing.They are also useful to identify a "route" among many by highlighting a particular horizontal string.
The variations of decision trees/process flows are extremely diverse, so it is impossible to provide every variation.This series is set up so that you can systematically develop your decision trees but still be able to animate and apply a full complement of formatting.What so many of these types of charts fail to do is deliver the subliminal messages that are so important.These messages are achieved in consistency and alignment.In an org chart, it is generally preferred that every box/field on a certain level be the same size, implying equal importance.Resist the urge to make one larger to accommodate a longer title, etc.If you must enlarge one, enlarge them all.Also, it is important to maintain consistence from page to page.The boxes should be uniform (as much as possible) between.This type of attention to detail helps convey the correct message and also elevates the messages within the document/presentation to a higher level.
This framework gives you the option of approaching your work from a different angle:from right to left.By selecting columns in the framework that contain the number of boxes/fields for each column of your structure, all you need to do is connect them to the corresponding box in the column to the left (some minor vertical/horizontal alignments may be needed).
Connect the boxes on the side in PowerPoint by using the "Connectors" in the AutoShapes menu.That way the connection is established even if you need to readjust the spacing, etc.The frameworks in this series are designed to be used together.
Key search words: process, decision tree, flow