Compiled by Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, and Andy Cotgreave, authors of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios (Wiley, April 2017, ISBN: 978-1-119-28271-6, $49.95)
As the business world becomes ever more complex (and less and less forgiving), the ability to show data in a meaningful way—without overwhelming people or leading them to the wrong conclusions—has become a foundational skill for all leaders. The good news is there are lots of tips and tricks you can use to create easy-to-understand, high-impact dashboards. Here, the authors of The Big Book of Dashboards offer 9 Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind:
DO experiment, iterate, and most importantly, get feedback. You’ll be amazed what happens when you show your work to somebody who hasn’t lived with the dashboard as long as you have.
“Do you think all the dashboards that made it into the book ‘got it right’ the first time?” asks Wexler. “So many of the dashboards had to endure an ‘extreme vetting process’ where we would ask, ‘Why are those bars red? Why is that text over there? What happens if you move that important component from the bottom right—where I didn’t even see it—to the upper left?'”
“Getting feedback early also turns passive participants into project owners who will want to see the project succeed,” adds Cotgreave. [Read more…]