Visualising IT

for Information Technology-Based Projects, Products and Production

A course presented over three days

presented by Mr. Chris Mundy

Visualising IT Course Introduction

The Visualising IT course is presented over 3-Days. Participants learn the theory and application related to visualisations. On day 3 participants have the opportunity of hands on experience creating visualisation and presentations in a scenario based role play. This is where the process comes to life.

The hidden facts are, the development and maintenance documentation seems to never get fully completed prior to going into production and never will, creating a future maintenance liability on those trying to maintain the systems into the future.

Among this, inadequate maintenance and management of the documentation hampers response times to fixing bugs and issues.

Surely a diagram could be used to quickly explain a system? So why don't we use more diagrams? There is a way to fix this challenge.

Who Should Attend This Visualising IT Course?

This course is designed for people who have a need to understand, create and communicate IT systems. Typical course participants are:

  • Technology Leaders
  • Business and Technology Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Security Specialists
  • Technology Architects
  • Technical Developers
  • Technology Infrastructure Specialists

Training Methods and Materials

The course is delivered using a mixture of formal presentation, informal discussion, and workshops. The result is a high degree of learning.

You will be provided with:

  • comprehensive Visualising IT course notes containing presentation material
  • a Workbook containing workshop exercises, with worked examples also distributed in most cases
  • numerous supplementary descriptions, checklists, forms and charts which you can put to use immediately

Visualising IT Projects Objective

At the conclusion of this course, participants are expected to have acquired a reasonable working knowledge of the use of visualisations in describing, designing , managing and presenting IT Systems Architecture.

It is expected that, on completion of the course, participants will know:

  • How to draw visualisations to describe Information Technology
  • How, where and when to use visualisations in conveying Technology
  • How to present and adapt visualisations to suit individual's learning styles
  • Who are the organisation's groups and what visualisations are best suited to that group
  • What types of visualisations are best for describing different Technology scenarios
  • How to create sustainable techniques for managing visualisations
  • How to develop their personal style to improve their ability to create visualisations
  • How to guide group thinking, using visualisations as the key tool
  • How to leverage the use of visualisations to target conversations that resolve problems and issues
  • How to be equipped with the right tools for creating visualisations

Visualising IT 3-Day Course Outline

Day One - Theory

1. Introduction

  • understand the context in relation to creating visualisations

2. The context for visualisations

  • historical
  • physiological
  • colour theory
  • symbolism
  • learning theory
  • organisational stakeholders

3. Types of visualisations

  • navigating through visualisation terminology
  • various types of visualisations
  • key visualisations used in technology disciplines

4. Defining visualisations

  • principles for creating visualisations
  • views, styles and projections
  • style notations

5. Visualisation techniques

  • technique exploration
  • leveraging design instruction
  • effective presentation layouts
  • composition and colour

6. The creative process for visualisation

  • inspiration and ideas
  • gathering and managing ideas
  • creating an enviroment for visualisation creation
  • collaboration in the creative process

7. Capturing the moment

  • how to capture the moments of a meeting to start creating a visualisation
  • creating visualisations to express the context
  • which tools assist in capturing the context?

8. Synthesising your thoughts

  • use of logic
  • the core elements to your personal approach
  • organising your thoughts diagrammatically

9. Visualisation Tools

  • discover software tools for creating visualisations
  • toolset functionality

10. Presenting visualisations

  • a preliminary introduction to presenting visualisations

Day Two - Application

1.Setting up your toolbox

  • templates
  • visualisation data management
  • style guides
  • change control and release management
  • storage
  • dedicated personnel

2. Choosing visualisations

  • approaches for choosing visualisations
  • tools to determine visualisations for an organisation

3. Visualisation tools and functionality

  • maturity
  • tool functionality goals
  • tool selection advice

4. Creating visualisations

  • a detailed step by step tuition for students on how they can create visualisations leveraging the previous day's theory to now create an example visualisation.
  • the initial investigation
  • analysing the findings
  • determining the visualisation in relation to the architecture and solution design
  • creating a visualisation; the process from start to finish
  • tips in the creative process
  • platform delivery of visualisations and extensibility

5. Presenting visualisations

  • preparing visualisations for maximum impact
  • personal preparation
  • presentation planning
  • time management
  • an individual's mental disposition
  • tools to assist your planning and preparation
  • presenting and post presentation

6. Guiding the questions in the presentation

  • in the boardroom or with senior executives
  • delivery of new projects or architectures
  • technical analysis and design sessions
  • dealing with hidden agenda

7. Refining visualisations

  • the triggers for refining visualisations
  • the change management process and focus groups
  • collaborative review techniques

8. Publishing visualisations, feedback and reusing visual objects

  • meta data and indexing of visualsations
  • release management
  • collecting feedback, reviews and approaches
  • managing visual objects used in visualisations

9. Technological enviromental changes

  • the changing enviroment of hardware and software, the web, cloud technologies, notations, linguistics and languages

10. Communicating system architecture & designs using visualisations

  • how visualisations can be used to help people understand information technology

Day Three - Workshop

  • participants will work through a technology challenge; communicating and reviewing the solution in an interactive class environment


About the Presenter

Mr. Chris Mundy

Chris Mundy is an Information Technology Professional with over 30 years of experience in Information Technology, Facilities Management and Manufacturing.

Chris obtained a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology at Charles Sturt University and has Production Engineering Draftsman, Industrial Hydraulics and Trade qualifications.

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  1. Online. You may register online by clicking the "register online" link next to the course of interest.
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