Free Organizational Chart Template
Are you looking to download a Microsoft PowerPoint organisational chart template? Two examples of org charts are available for you. The first is created using PowerPoint’s SmartArt tool. Another example organisational chart was created from scratch in PowerPoint.
You can see how the charts will look by looking at the details I have already created. These can be used as inspiration for your team (and then you can create your own) or you can simply modify the org charts that I have created.
How to Use the Organisational Chart Templates
The.ppt file contains two charts. The first has been created using the Smart Art options in PowerPoint to create an org chart. The other has all the boxes and lines individually placed on the chart. This is my favorite. SmartArt is best for very simple charts with a few people and a clear hierarchy.
Project organisational charts often need more than that. For example, subject matter experts might be outside the main project team hierarchy, but they are still important to include in the chart. I also like to call out members of the Project Board by placing a dotted line around them. This makes it easy to see who is on the Project Board, which helps the org chart serve another purpose.
You can add and remove boxes until you have a project hierarchy that represents your team. Here’s a quick video showing you how to edit the organisational charts templates.
There are other ways to create organisational chart templates
PowerPoint is not the right tool for you. It’s a very basic way to create hierarchical charts. There are many other options. They do require you to have access to flow chart software or graphics. Visio, iMindQ, and ConceptDraw offer the functionality you require, as well as your mindmapping tool. Do not try to use MS Word; I have tried, and PowerPoint is much more user-friendly if you are restricted to the Office suite.
The organisational chart template is the first decent chart you create in the tool you choose. You can use it time and again to create future project hierarchies. Save it with a new name, then edit it. It’s easy to change a name or two if you are working on projects that are similar or fit well within one division. Editing a template is more difficult if you have many changes to make. It may be easier to start over in this case.
What to do with your Project Org Charts
What are you going do with the one you have made? It can be embedded into files such as your project initiation documents or Terms of Reference (download a free ToR template). It is a visual representation of the team’s members and the position they take within the project structure. It is not a functional line management structure so it doesn’t have to show who actually works for whom. It groups team members under one project sponsor and shows linkages and project reporting lines. This document is also useful for your roles and responsibilities.
However, creating an org charts template from scratch can be a hassle if you’ve never done it before.
I hope you find them helpful!
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