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Neat Diagrams are Easier to Read and Use

Remember what your elementary school teachers told you over and over? "Neatness Counts!" This adage applies especially well to TaskMaps. A map that is neat and uncluttered, perhaps even aesthetically pleasing, will convey far more information than a cluttered one. Your audience will grasp the overall picture and the process details much more readily.

A few guidelines:

  • Don't crowd too many tasks on a single drawing page – usually 8-10 on a page is about the upper limit. Use Connectors to continue a process description onto one or more additional drawing pages. Also see Adjusting Drawing Page and Printer Page Size.
  • Use Labels on Connectors to describe verbally where the process goes next or has come from. Knowing that task C03 leads to D01 is fine, but a concise Label makes the reader that much more comfortable.
  • Try hard to avoid have Task Link lines cross each other. There is almost always a way to arrange tasks so that lines don't have to cross. Experiment with less obvious placement if you don't succeed at first. Also, see the tip below about on-page Connectors.
  • Keep the process flow simple and consistent, and try to avoid direction changes. For many TaskMap readers, right-to-left and top-to-bottom is the easiest to follow.
  • Consider using a Connector to refer to a Task on the same page. While the most common use of Connectors is to link to Tasks on another page, occasionally a complex drawing that doesn't require another page can be simplified somewhat by an on-page Connector.
  • Place Start shapes and Connectors coming into a TaskMap on the left margin of the diagram. Place End shapes and Connectors leaving a TaskMap on the right margin of the diagram. These visual cues make it easy to discern the inputs and outputs of a TaskMap.