There are straightforward narratives and convoluted ones. For example:
Boy meets girl at party> Parents disapprove> They run away to get married> There’s a misunderstanding> They both end up killing themselves> Everyone wails at the joint funeral.
Sure, Romeo and Juliet had a number of side plots and back story. Age old enmity between the Capulets and Montagues. Romeo’s first love, Rosamund, who hovers over the beginning of the play. And of course, couple of murders in between. But what we’ve outlined above is the basic flow, the bare skeleton of the story.
A story which would look attractive in a PowerPoint presentation if 24point0’s Chevron Diagram were to be used to illustrate it:
In fact, if Shakespeare had been using the Chevron Diagram, he could have plotted multiple storylines just using this chart instead of suffering writer’s block and standing below a balcony wooing Gwyneth Paltrow.
Project managers who have to plan and lay out the future steps and stages in a project don’t have the time to wait for the right kind of muse. (Besides, we’re not too sure if the muse will be able to help devise a diagram as useful and versatile as our Chevron Diagram. No, not even Gwyneth Paltrow.)
You can dress up the diagram any way you’d like – change colors, the fonts, decrease the number of rows or increase them. It’s not just project managers who can use it – sales managers who need to show projections, HR managers wanting a nice illustration about future staffing needs – the number of uses the Chevron Diagram can be put to is limitless.
And yes, giants of literature can use it too. To turn simple plots into masterpieces.