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Dawn of the era of sketches on a napkin

My belief in the amazing power of pictures is not naive. To this I am prompted at once by three megatrends, developing in the business world: globalization, information overload and amazingly rapidly increasing speed and range of communication.
If you stay on the theme of airlines already touched on today, it's worth to tell that not long ago I read a striking article about the next generation of Boeing 787 airliners that are already being built all over the world. It's hard for me to come up with a better illustration for total globalization. One of the most complex machines ever created by a human being is assembled, with an accuracy of a millionth of a centimeter, on thousands of assembly lines in several countries, by people speaking a good dozen languages. All this is possible only because the aircraft builders have plotted a whole (plans, processes, project) on the map, and then created an innumerable number of pictures based on it.
Perhaps we do not and will not deal with the creation of huge airliners, the essence is different: we no longer know what native language will be among the members of our project team. It is possible that tomorrow we will have to work with people who do not speak our language at all.
Global supply chains and expanding markets make the world more flat, information overload becomes the norm, and communication channels are being improved. All this will only contribute to the growth of problems in business. The world has accumulated an incredible amount of data that exists in a variety of forms and in a variety of languages, and today more than ever need businessmen who can quickly make optimal decisions and communicate the fruits of their reflections to other people.

For us as businessmen, the confidence in our visual abilities is extremely important - and the resulting feeling of comfort. It is important for us to work on improving our ability to look at complex information, to see the emergence of new and development of existing trends, to imagine new opportunities and to clearly explain the essence of our discoveries to others. Very soon these skills will become our main and most valuable asset.
Looking into the near future, I believe: we will understand how visual thinking will change the way business is conducted. The fact is that visual thinking:
Helps us make better decisions faster
I expect that within the next few years we will see how the main part of business analysis is done using special graphic formats that allow manipulating a huge number of different indicators and visualizing the most complex interactions and outcomes. Several companies are involved in creating such tools (take at least Tableau and Business Objects), but even ordinary Excel has incredible development potential, especially if we take into account the excellent graphics processing capabilities present in the simplest computers.
Helps us communicate our decisions (and vision) more effectively
As more and more business people understand the power of images as a communication tool, more tools (both software and "physical") will appear on the market, helping to create (alone and in teams) meaningful graphs, charts, time lines, maps , block diagrams, etc. The main question is first to understand what we want to show and what our audience wants to see, and only then to start the engine.
Helps teams execute these decisions more effectively
Project managers have long and well known the full power of the visual time line, which should help each participant in the project understand what and when it should do. The problem is that often only the managers themselves know how to interpret the graphics created by them. And from the point of view of the team members, they are some walls filled with incomprehensible hieroglyphics from top to bottom. Currently, several companies are working on the creation of interactive tools with truly incredible capabilities. These tools allow groups scattered all over the world to get instant visual contact with the project and with each other, as well as track all the necessary, and at the level of detail that is needed at the moment.
Regardless of how we look at the surrounding world and where we are going, pictures will mean more and more for us. And the starting point of our journey is the ability to see.

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Dawn of the era of sketches on a napkin

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