Visualizing a Century of Management Ideas

Ken Hurley

January 19, 2023


When you’re in management, you might find yourself tasked with making a chart or visualization of a project. Luckily, a way to do it involves a few techniques that have been used for centuries. Using Gantt charts, timelines, and fishbone diagrams, you can create a powerful visualization that will help your project run as smoothly as possible.

Fishbone diagrams

A fishbone diagram is a form of structured problem-solving tool that is used to identify and evaluate the causes of a problem. This technique helps to break down contributors to any process or system.

Fishbone Diagrams are used to solve problems in a variety of industries. They can help prevent recurring issues, streamline an existing process, and find ways to improve.

One of the most common methods of using a Fishbone diagram is to conduct a root cause analysis. For example, if a light bulb burns out, it could result from improper installation. However, improperly installed parts may not be the most important issue.

Another method of using a Fishbone Diagram is to create a collaborative situation. Team members can mark the main causes of the problem and add colored sticky dots for other potential causes.

It’s also possible to use this technique to predict new processes’ effects. In some cases, a Fishbone Diagram is used in the design phase to ensure that the processes involved will be successful.

Gantt diagrams

Project managers use Gantt charts to visualize how tasks in a project work together. These visual charts represent time intervals in a vertical axis, illustrating how a project’s schedule is laid out. This helps project managers prioritize projects and allocate resources.

Today’s modern Gantt chart has a variety of features. It shows a task’s duration and its dependencies related to the schedule. In addition, it shows the current schedule status of a project.

It also helps project managers identify which tasks are linked to milestones. Milestones mark the end of a phase or task sequence. They are usually important dates. Depending on the type of project, a Gantt chart can be a valuable tool.

For example, an engineering project may be broken down into stages and milestones. The progress bar on a Gantt chart will indicate how much the task has progressed. However, these bars do not always indicate how many resources are used.

Chart of biography

Joseph Priestley’s Chart of Biography is one of the most important information graphics of the eighteenth century. It is a remarkable feat of clarity and efficiency. The chart is a work of art but carries some messages about history and methods.

Joseph Priestley, born in March 1733, was an English philosopher, scientist, theologian, writer, poet, and polymath. He made his name with his political writings, particularly on religion and politics. During his time in the United States, he was burned by a mob and lived in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. His most famous contribution to science was his discovery of oxygen.

In addition to writing, Priestley illustrated his work by drawing diagrams. He produced a book on drawing in 1770. Later, he published the Chart of History. He was inducted into the Royal Society a year after drafting the chart.

The chart is a remarkable example of how a scientist can combine humanistic thinking with scientific techniques. For example, the chart aims to reverse the old logic of dynastic periodization and instead emphasizes the relative chronological position of historical figures.