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Managing Problems

Data Entry

Reading the Matrix

Reading the Status Line

Making New Problems

Entering Marks

Managing Rows

Sizing The Matrix

Printing Problems




Show Impacted Rows

Show Notified Rows

Show Bands of Parallel Items

PSM Properties

Importing/Exporting PSM Data

Exporting to MS Project

Keyboard Shortcuts



Entering Marks

Topics: Relationships, Direct Entry, Mark Values, Sets, Mark Menu, Adjust Dialog, Mark Notes.

Entering or Modifying Relationships by Editing Marks

Relationships are formed by putting a mark in the intersection of a row and a column. A mark for a row in a column means that the column is a prerequisite for the row. (See reading the matrix).

The user may enter relationships by one of two methods:

Entering Marks Directly (top)

Marks may be directly by selecting a intersection square between a row and column and pressing a number between ZERO (high) and NINE (low) and the mark is automatically inserted. Pressing a number over an existing mark cause the old mark to be replaced with a new one.

Mark Values (top)

Values range from ZERO (high) and NINE (low). These values represent the strength (or lack there-of) of the relationship between the row and column.  Marks can be adjusted in value up or down via direct entry or by using the menu above. Marks can be made visible or hidden individually, or en-masse via the menu items below.

Alternate Mark Representations (Sets)   (top)

PSM allows users to change the default representation of marks (The numbers 0-9 color coded) to whatever color or cell value desired. PSM comes with several different set schemes as examples. Regardless of the set used PSM takes its input as 0-9. For more information please see the properties topic.

Mark Menu (top)

The mark menu below is obtained via the right mouse menu or from the tools menu (as shown).

MarkMenu.gif (17881 bytes) Hide/UnHide: Toggles the visibility of a mark.
Hidden marks show as a dash -
: Note

Add...: Adds a mark of value zero (0)
Delete...: Deletes current mark.
Plus: Increases level of mark value (Demote)
Minus: Decreases level of mark value (Promote)
Adjust: Pops up a dialog to freely change the level of a mark value

Group Adjust
: Same as adjust, but changes all marks of the same level to the mark level selected
Make All Marks Visible: (sic)
Hide All Marks Above the Diagonal: (sic)

Visible Levels
: This menu can be used to hide marks below the selected level.

Adjust Dialog (top)

adjust.gif (19299 bytes)

Notes (top)

You may add notes to any mark by pressing Control+A (^N) or selecting Note... from the menu above.
Notes show up in the matrix as a dot before the value NoteDot.gif (895 bytes).

MarkNote.gif (4618 bytes)

You may use Control+A (^A) to select all of the text of a note. You can remove a note by emptying the text or by pressing the delete button.

Notice: while editing notes, the grid, most menu items and the toolbar are disabled. One the notes window is closed, the features are re-enabled.