Using “One Pagers”
The moment I realised the one pager was a communication tool (good) rather than more unnecessary documentation (bad) was a watershed one for me. That one realisation alone lead me to a much deeper understanding of the benefits of lean but structured project management approaches.
In any case, the benefits of one pagers are immense:
- The one pager is a single, constant point of reference for any project for anyone who is interested in seeing what work is currently being delivered by a team.
- It’s a simple concept with a simple name — used consistently, the one pager allows the team to worry more about the project and less about the process every time they start a new project.
- It builds confidence in the team when used correctly — each member of the team knows that if the one pager is delivered successfully, the project will meet the management team’s expectations.
- Conversely it forces management to choose their words carefully: If management signs off on a one pager and the one pager is delivered but the end result isn’t what they expect, the responsibility lies with the management team to ensure their approval process is improved.