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Chapter 15. Visualizing Your Message wit... > About Word's Business Diagrams Capab...

About Word's Business Diagrams Capabilities

In addition to organization charts, Word can instantly build five more key types of business charts:

  • Cycle diagrams are commonly used to explain continuous processes. Figure 15.31 shows a cycle diagram for a software development project. This project starts with planning, but after software has eventually been delivered, it cycles back into planning for new enhancements.

    Figure 15.31. A cycle diagram for a software development project.

  • Radial diagrams (as in Figure 15.32) are commonly used to describe processes that all center on, or radiate from, a single core element.

    Figure 15.32. A simple radial diagram.

  • Pyramid diagrams are commonly used to explain how elements of a project or process build on each other. Figure 15.33 shows a pyramid diagram showing how computers are organized conceptually.

    Figure 15.33. A simple pyramid diagram.

  • Venn diagrams are commonly used to explain aspects or characteristics of a system that are different and point out aspects or characteristics that overlap. Figure 15.34 shows a simple Venn diagram.

    Figure 15.34. A simple Venn diagram.

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    For more Venn diagram applications than you ever imagined possible, visit www.venndiagram.com, where Thomas Leonard has already compiled nearly 800 real-world Venn diagrams.


  • Target diagrams are commonly used to present steps toward a goal, as shown in Figure 15.35.

    Figure 15.35. A simple target diagram.


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