This Insight lifts our analytics engine higher up the detail chain than before and gives an overall report on the underlying information in a format that is easily presented and understood by non-LINQ users. You can think of this as the Executive Summary for your sketch, with content that you can share with your Senior decision makers.
This article introduces the 5 insight cards of the Sketch Summary Insight.
1. Sketch Summary
This card is the default view when opening the Insight and gives a high-level view of the information captured in the sketch.
As you can also see in the screenshot above, the three dots in a section remind you that you are able to either show nodes/insight relating to the information contained in the cell or select all the nodes relating to the information within the cell.
This view is also useful for comparing high level numbers between two sketches and highlighting the differences between the two (useful for business case justification):
2. Sketch Inputs & Outputs
This card relates to all the Information Input and Output nodes. Beyond allowing you to get a count and list of these nodes at the beginning and end of the information flows (and the ability to select them in the sketch as a group) it also helps us to identify those information nodes that are generated by manual process and therefore possible targets for automation.
3. Cost / Value Analysis
This card enables you to easily and clearly represent the cost/value/number of nodes in each LINQSet. You can also choose to show Information Outputs or Actions and to sort these by either Annual Cost or Annual Hours (reuse or value weighted for info outputs):
This view can be used to quickly identify and message those areas of the business where changes may have the biggest impact.
4. Value LINQSet Summary
This card sorts a high level informational view of the LINQSets contained within the sketch. The information can be sorted by Description, Value, Annual Cost or Annual Hours depending on which of these measurements is important to you.
Clicking on “Expand All” shows a more detailed node-type count for each LINQSet as shown below:
5. Selection Summary
The final card provides information about nodes which are currently selected in your sketch. By default, it opens at a summary level showing information about the whole sketch. As you make selections of nodes, the card will update to provide detail about your selection:
Here, we have manually selected 3 Information Nodes, 2 Action Nodes and 2 People nodes and the numbers in the card have updated dynamically:
A powerful workflow is when using the “find” function within the sketch and selecting multiple nodes by shift-selecting within the panel. In this case we searched for “customer” and selected all the nodes found and the Summary figures updated automatically to reflect the selection:
The Sketch Summary Insight provides overview detail about your sketch which you can share with your Executive Decision Makers. Alongside a simulation of the change you wish to implement, this Insight goes a long way towards providing the content needed for your Business Case for Change.