Impact Graphs provide a visual representation of the upstream and downstream associations related to items in the EPC. In simple terms, Impact Graphs show users what items are associated to one another. Seeing the different associations within an organization allows users to better understand the complexity or certain business activities, as well as the true effect of changes within the organization.
The example features the Impact Graph of the Control “Candidates that have met qualifications in interviews are given specific performance tests.” The Control itself is associated to a Role “HR Manager”, to a Risk “The Candidate’s skills are not up to par,” to a Key Control Indicator “Ratio of candidates to performance tests” and to a task “Conduct second level interview.”
The specific nature of the items associated is denominated by the icon featured next to the name of the items.
The Graph provides an initial visual representation of items that directly impact one another. Users can additionally expand the Impact Graphs to view indirect associations.
Users can double click on specific items within the Impact Graphs, which will display the associations to that item.
These Impact Graphs can be used to educate business users, to analyze internal business processes and help management optimize activities effectively. Additionally, they help in the preparation of change management plans, allowing managers to map out the effect of any organizational change
Impact Graph Navigation
To navigate to Impact Graphs, please see the following instructions.
1. Navigate to a Control within the Control Module
2. Click on the Quick Graph View icon
3. You will be navigated to the specific item’s Impact Graph
4. (Optional) To further expand the Impact Graph, simply double-click on the item to which you would like to display