New Feature Dashboard Scrolling Slideshow

Last Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Robb Sands
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Executive Summary

 New Feature: Dashboard Scroller / Slideshow
     -> what it does  
     -> why it's helpful
     -> use cases
     -> how to
Approx. Skim Time: 1min 00sec ~ 100 wordsFull Read Time:3min 30sec~ 620 words

 

What is a dashboard scroller?

Often referred to as a slideshow, a scroller simply takes a series of items, like photographs, or in our case a series of dashboard charts and graphs, and cycles through them, displaying one and then after a few seconds displaying another.

Whether you have two items or ten (we don't recommend ten, but it can be done), the scroller loads an item into your dashboard as if it were a single chart, then after a specified number of seconds, it replaces that item with the next one in the list.  Once it goes through all the items it has queued, it simply starts over again at the beginning.

A dashboard scroller is a slideshow that rotates through a series of charts and graphs.

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Why is a scroller helpful?

Space is limited on a dashboard, especially wall-mounted TV dashboards which are designed for people to look at them, but not click around or explore.

In these wall-mounted dashboard scenarios, there's typically a limit of 9 charts (3 rows x 3 columns), though on many there are less than 9.

By displaying multiple items within the space allocated to just one item, the amount of information passed along to the viewers can be increased, without making things feel too densely packed.

A dashboard scroller allows more information to be comfortably fit in a standard dashboard layout.

 
BEFORE SCROLLER (5 of 9 SLOTS USED)

5 related column charts on one dashboard

 

AFTER SCROLLER (1 of 9 SLOTS USED)

5 related column charts on one dashboard

 

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Aside from saving space, why would I want to use a scroller?
Scrollers are great at helping tell stories, using data.  There are quite literally hundreds of uses, but here are a few we find ideally suited for scrollers:

 

Example:  General to Specific - when you show an overview, then give the details about something
Example:  Related Metrics - where you have multiple items, all a part of the whole
Example:  Geographic - regions, countries or other locations of interest
Example:  People or Teams - breaking down contributions and telling a bit more about each
Example:  Time Sequence - showing the same metric(s) over time to focus on changes

With many possible uses, your imagination is the only limiting factor in how you can use dashboard scrollers to help tell the story of performance in your organisation.

 

How to put a scroller on your dashboards
Below is the step by step directions on how to add a scroller to your dashboards, using Target Dashboard.  Keep in mind that as you add the individual charts to the scroller, they'll no longer appear individually on that dashboard.  They're not deleted, just hidden, because that's how it's designed to work.  If you want them back again, just edit the scroller and remove the charts from the list within the scroller editing, and they'll re-appear on your dashboard.

 

Step 1 - Add Other Item

5 related column charts on one dashboard

 

Steps 2 & 3 - Scroll to the bottom, then click on Scroller

5 related column charts on one dashboard

 

Steps 4 to 7 - Click charts to add, name it, set the delay between slides, and then save

5 related column charts on one dashboard

 

All set and ready to go!
Give this a try for yourself and see how easy it is to gain a bit of dashboard real estate, tell the story behind the numbers and look good doing it.  If you run into any trouble, just give us a call and we'll be happy to walk you through it step by step...

 


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