Don't just show me your work plan, tell me your story!
Reliance on charts, work plans, and dry data is not the best method for communicating information about projects, either to management or to project teams. Project managers can better get their messages across by employing the art of storytelling. This article discusses how to capture the essence of a project plan in a clear and compelling story, tailored toward a particular audience and focused on particular outcomes. A good project story is one that allows the project's sponsors, stakeholders, and team members to see the 'big picture' and will help avoid misaligned assumptions and enable a more consistent overall approach.