Project Management

The Next Level of Big Visible Charts

PMI Denmark Chapter

Klaus Nielsen, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMP is the managing director at Global Business Development in Denmark and an associate lecturer in project and program management at the IT University of Copenhagen. He has over 20 years of project management experience in managing and delivering complex, high-visibility information systems projects.

This paper covers an in-depth opening to the concept of information radiators in an effective and concise manner. The knowledge explained and highlighted is then applied to the next level with a three-step journey into health care which takes the big visible charts from teams and broadens them to be used across teams and across locations. The use of information radiators being horizontally expanded upon also ignites the possibilities of applying more boards in program management. Currently, information radiators are commonly known and applied within agile. However, this paper also gives examples of common uses and applications within a more waterfall-type approach aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition.

Applying the Theory of Hot Air
Information radiator is the generic term for any of a number of handwritten, drawn, printed, or electronic displays that a team places in a highly visible location so that all team members, as well as passersby, can see. It conveys the latest information at a glance. For example, the count of automated tests, velocity, incident reports, progress radiators, work breakdown structures, continuous integration status, and so on (Agile Alliance, 2015).

The phrase “information radiator” originates from the Toyota Production System (TPS) in the 1980s, where it was known …

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