Identify the different dimensions of your problem and create simple diagrams to improve your understanding and collaboration with others.

Just as you would ask patients more about the different dimensions of their life to assess their health, so you should identify the different dimensions of your project. These dimensions can be used in simple diagrams with arrows and annotation that will help you visualize your project, its complexities, and how you might solve for them. Diagramming isn’t about drawing well. It’s about identifying elements and their relationships and representing them with basic arrangements, shapes, lines, and arrows—then adding information with annotation. Different layers of annotation can be used to address different categories of information.