Shortki ◆ inShort


Very quick guide

Well, here is the most wrong way to learn inShort, so it happened, and the fastest. If you are used to do everything correctly and methodically, it is better to download the User Guide and read it. I warned you.


The easiest way to learn to work with inShort is to use a real task for training. First choose a goal that you are going to achieve. It should not be a trivial task, performed in a couple of operations, but something that requires planning and takes at least several days.


Then activate the item "New Project" in the menu. Enter the initial parameters of the project, and the program will create a basis for a future plan.


Here you still have to read a small chapter of the User Guide (in fact this is the smallest chapter), for your convenience it is immediately placed here in its entirety.

Diagramming technique

Starting to build a diagram, we usually have a good idea only about our goals and our initial resources. To successfully build new diagrams, use a simple procedure.

Step 1. Put your goals as resources in the lower right corner of the diagram.

Step 2. Mark the available resources as objects in the upper part of the diagram.

Step 3. Put the prospective interim goals as resources in the middle of the diagram.

Step 4. In front of goals existing on the diagram, put the processes that lead to the achievement of these goals, and connect new processes with their goals.

Step 5. Draw links from the resources available on the diagram to the processes that use them. If a resource required for the process is not on the diagram, add a new goal, returning to Step 3 ↑.

Step 6. Draw links between processes, the execution of which depend on each other.

Step 7. Make sure the diagram is easy to read and contains not more than 20 objects. If it is not so, group a few contextually related objects into one object of the appropriate type with a nested diagram containing this group (use the feature of folding a group of objects).

Step 8. Make sure that the objects are of a type appropriate to their essence, visually separate information and physical flows. If the diagram contains a few contextually related objects, mark them out with a group. In areas that require explanation, place objects of type comment.

Step 9. For processes that are not elementary operations, build a nested diagram starting from Step 1 ↑.

Step 10. For individual resources, where necessary, add a nested diagram of preparation of the resource for use. For chosen goals add a diagram on checking the required qualities of the goal achieved.

After the 10-th step we should get a detailed guide to achieving the desired result in the form of a structured set of diagrams ready for execution.

Using the diagramming technique, build your first project plan in inShort step by step.


Activate the function 'Analysis of the diagram as a project', follow its instructions and run it again, until you fulfil all the recommendations.

At this stage it would be useful to read the chapter "Working with projects", but you can achieve quite impressive results without delving into the details of what is happening.

In the end you should get a workable plan, to execution of which you can now proceed.


Use inShort to monitor and control the process until you reach the goal. Use the feature of creating PDF files if you need to share plans with someone else.

Bottom line: you have achieved something significant and simultaneously learned to work in inShort.
Now that you are already familiar with the application, it is recommended to
download the User Guide and at least thumb through it.

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