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Anyone have trouble with creating dashboards? I feel like Im not analytically competent to create the right visuals. Best I can do is make a bar graph and say “this is more, this is less”

Struggling pretty bad right now

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Don't start with the data, start with the decisions the user is going to eat to make. There are dozens of great books and training sites to help.

Harvard Business Review has great templates and training, so does MSFT and Tableau.


Templates my friend


Care to explain? Total noob

What does the stakeholder want to see? What is the goal? Bar graphs are shit for YoY projections for example. What is the ask? And oncw you know (as someone mentioned) templatws to start.

Totally agree with MD1 on approach.

On training, I’m continually impressed with how Tableau thinks about data visualization, so encourage you to take some Tableau training if that’s a tool you’ll be using.

To take the design process a step further, start thinking, what questions would someone have about this data? If they see that one number is higher than the other, what would they want to know to understand that better? What is this telling the user? How can I succinctly communicate something to support fast decision making and anomaly detection?

The best way I learned this was by creating things and seeing how my business stakeholders reacted to the data. In absence of that, definitely get someone, even a peer, to look at what you’ve created and tell you the questions that come up.

It’s an art! Been creating dashboards for years and I still learn everyday. There’s a ton of resources out there. Lots of very talented analytics people to learn from… have you tried taking some courses?

I have but it’s overwhelming sometimes because courses can only teach you so much. Each project is unique in its own respect


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