We are presenting you the first results from one of our real users. We offer you three charts with anonymised names and with some facts about the reality that is behind the charts. We observed geographically distributed team.
The communication heatmap seems to be one of the most powerful charts. Not only can you see who communicate with whom but you can also see the direction of communication.
When you choose “B” on the bottom line you see how much he communicates for example with “A”. When you chose “A” on the bottom line then you see how much he communicates with “B”. By the way, this is the reasons why there is no the symmetry in the map.
The overall sum of communication of each team member is displayed in the cells which are lying on the diagonal line. (In the next versions we change the behaviour of heat maps. The diagonal cells are empty now. The sum numbers were much higher than the rest so the colors did not help to read the chart, everything was colorless but diagonal cells)
As you can see the team is driven by three seniors “A”,”B” and “D” which are sitting in different towns so they have to communicate via email. The zeroes or low numbers in the rest of the team are acceptable because the juniors are sitting all together with one senior and they are managed personally not by email.
Here is the comparison of two members and their communication activity. It shows the same people as the heat map shows above in time and with absolute numbers.
The peak was caused basically by “A” passively. When he realised what had been prepared then an email war took a place.
Another insight to the team can give you the Team communication activity chart. If you want to compare activities in time and you do not care about the absolute numbers it is the best choice. As you can see some weekends are quiet.
This post shows how you can easily manage geographically distributed team. You can try it your team.