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The Dashboard Sketch Process

The Dashboard Sketch Process

"I vote no." This short answer speeds up the dashboard development process significantly. And I developed the question my client voted on in roughly 3 minutes, by showing her a quick sketch of some possible graph options. My client is in charge of a dashboard that...

Everyone’s Opinions About Your Dashboard

Everyone’s Opinions About Your Dashboard

The primary struggle with dashboard development is not identifying the right key performance indicators, building the graphs in your favorite software, or even getting people excited about the idea of using a dashboard. That's all a cake walk compared to managing...

Data Fortune Tellers

Data Fortune Tellers

Pick a color, any color. You know how this game goes. You pick a color, your friend opens and closes the fortune teller, spelling out the name of the color you selected. You pick a number from the visible choices, your friend opens and closes the fortune teller, until...

You Gotta Have An Equidistant Axis

You Gotta Have An Equidistant Axis

Here's the thing: The scale used on each axis must have equal intervals. It’s an easy mistake to make. Excel automatically spaces your intervals and labels equidistant from one another but it is assuming that your intervals actually are equidistant. In this graph,...