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Charts Are Cheap

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A Rogue Thought Piece by Dan Ward

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Charts Are Cheap

  1. 1. CHARTS
  2. 2. ARE
  3. 3. C
  4. 4. H
  5. 5. E
  6. 6. A
  7. 7. P
  8. 8. Free, actually
  9. 12. <ul><li>Human Capital </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive sourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Financial management </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded e-Government </li></ul><ul><li>Budget & Performance Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Transform our Military Forces </li></ul><ul><li>Implement QDR </li></ul><ul><li>Changing long standing business processes within the Dept to take advantage of IT </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a culture of innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Divest & invest for the longer term </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous Transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Capabilities-based Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Focused Logistics </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Network Centric Operations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Big A” Acquisition </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Risk-based Source Selection & Time Certain Acquisition Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Defense Human Capital Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competencies & Performance Criteria </li></ul></ul>National Security Strategy National Defense Strategy National Military Strategy QDR Hon. James I. Finley DUSD (A&T) Hon. John J. Young, Jr. USD(AT&L) Hon. Jack Bell DUSD (L&MR) The President’s Management Agenda Align with Senior Leadership USD (AT&L) “ The department must have a vision that conveys to the public a commitment to attract & develop the best mix of people, both military & civilian. This vision must be supported by an effective human capital strategy that is actively measured against well defined goals.” Robert Gates - SECDEF DoD Alignment Gordon England – DEPSECDEF <ul><li>Define effective and affordable tools for the joint warfighter </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibly spend every single tax dollar </li></ul><ul><li>Take Care of our People </li></ul><ul><li>DoD transformation prioritie s </li></ul>AT&L Strategic Thrusts Top 25 DepSecDef Mar 2005 Feb 2006 2004
  10. 14. My guideline:
  11. 15. ½ - 1 idea
  12. 16. per chart
  13. 17. ( mostly )
  14. 19. ½ - 1 point
  15. 26. When writing or communicating with people, it is important, in order to ensure clarity and understanding, that the speaker or writer make a concerted effort to ensure they omit and remove any and all unnecessary words or phrases that they might have used.
  16. 28. When writing or communicating with people, it is important, in order to ensure clarity and understanding, that the speaker or writer make a concerted effort to ensure they omit and remove any and all unnecessary words or phrases that they might have used.
  17. 30. <ul><li>Important principles of clear communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Documents, emails, reports, posters, writing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations, lectures, speeches, announcements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Ensure clarity by making a concerted effort to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Omit any and all unnecessary words or phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove any and all unnecessary words or phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delete any and all unnecessary words or phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate any and all unnecessary words or phrases </li></ul></ul>
  18. 31. “ Brief unto others as you would have them brief unto you.”
  19. 32. “ Simplify, simplify, simplify.”
  20. 34. BUT…!
  21. 35. Handouts Are Your Friend
  22. 36. BUT…! (part 2)
  23. 37. It’s called the Notes View in Powerpoint – where you can write as many words as you want… your whole script if you’d like, for your own personal reading enjoyment… without subjecting everyone’s eyeballs to all the details. I highly recommend it. (it’s also useful if you’re putting together a briefing package for someone else to deliver…) BUT… ! (part 2)
  24. 38. <ul><li>Bullets Are Unnecessary </li></ul>
  25. 39. This isn’t easy
  26. 40. This isn’t optional
  27. 44. Charts Are Cheap <ul><li>Charts are Cheap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free, actually </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No excuse for dense, extensive, complicated charts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of people make very dense charts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to read, hard to understand, boring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limit charts to 1/2 to 1 point per chart (mostly) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Handouts to provide detailed information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Notes View to track talking points </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bullets Are Unnecessary And Can Be Deleted </li></ul><ul><li>Several “How-To” books available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation Zen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beyond Bullet Points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better Than Bullet Points </li></ul></ul>
  28. 45. That’s all I wanted to say
  29. 47. That’s all

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