Managing a large project in one diagram can sound daunting, however, we have put together 4 ways to manage a large project in one network diagram.
1. Define All Sites and Groups
When managing a large project in a single network diagram you will want to clearly define each site and group. This includes the devices and connections needed within those sites and groups. To clearly differentiate the different sites and groups within your network diagram I suggest using a square box or even better some network diagramming softwares offering a built-in feature for it.
2. Sort Project Inventory by Site
One thing is true about all large projects, they going to contain a large number of devices to keep track of. The best way to easily digest all the equipment you will need is to filter your devices and connections based on the different sites. This allows you to clearly define what devices are needed for each site, limiting errors and making much easier to manage.
3. Make Clear Connections Between Devices
When managing a large project you are going to have many devices and many connections running between them. This can get chaotic, however, one way to help make your network diagram easy to read is by using straight-lined connections, over angled connections. Straight lines allow for a clear sight as to which devices connect to which, limiting confusion and chaos.
4. Have Only One Version of the Project
Sometimes when creating a large project there are many people involved and version control can become difficult. The best recommendation for this is to have only one version of the project (no V1, V2, V2, etc.) to eliminate duplications and avoid unnecessary errors. This can be done by having one person in charge of making all changes or utilizing a networking design software which allows you to have one version of a project which you and your team can collaborate on in real-time.
Managing a large project in a single diagram can seem like an impossible task but following these 4 simple steps, you are able to create a clean and professional diagram encompassing all aspects of the project.