Project Management Lab
How to draw a CPM chart
- Word, new drawing canvas.
- Draw a square text box (remember, use shift key)
- Type random text in the box so we can see it.
- Right click, format text box » Text Box tab » set internal margins to zero and set vertical alignment to middle.
- Make sure rule is visible.
- Create a left tab just inside text box boundary.
- Create another just inside the right hand box boundary. Double click tab in ruler to change the tab to a right tab.
- Put in three numbers on three lines (with carriage return between them)
- Reduce font size, add tabs to get top and bottom number on right and middle number on left.
- Draw a circle that's about the same size.
- Make the border of the square and the fill of the circle invisible.
- Overlay them just so.
- Now copy and paste as many as you like.
- Connect by arrows, layout and align.
How to Make a Logic Model Chart
- Word, new drawing canvas bigger than you plan your actual diagram to be (to give you some work space).
- Think about basic structure: problem, goals, environment are horizontal rectangles; assumptions, resources, activities, outputs, outcomes, etc. are vertical.
- Make a single horizontal rectangle of about the right size. Add text. Format as you like.
- Make a single vertical rectangle of about the right size. Add text. Format to taste.
- Make a single fat arrow of about the right size.
- Copy and paste (note that you have to unselect after copying a text box or else you will get an error for trying to paste a text box inside a text box) to get as many rectangles as you will need.
- Change text in boxes. Usually best to start with just the labels (e.g., ACTIVITIES) and then put in further text later.
- Rough layout and then use align to get them just right.
- Color systematically (that is, don't mix bold with muted, pastels with crayons, earth tones with plastics).
- Copy arrows and place and align.
- Fill in remaining text as needed.
- Titles and footnotes and captions.