KPI Dashboard Resources

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The Public Sector Guide to Implementing Dashboards
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A top level guide to getting up and running with a dashboard solution that will teach you about KPIs, metrics, data and dashboard implementation.

29 Pages of tips and examples

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KPI Dashboard Design Best Practice
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The Dashboard Best Practice Guide is packed with tips and contains essential information for building useful, powerful reports.

43 Pages of tips and examples

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Blog Posts

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8
March
2016
5 Steps to Better KPI Graphs
How to build better KPI charts in your management reports and dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
21
January
2014
See More Detail in Your KPIs with Statistical Lines
Statistical Analysis is incredibly useful for KPI management, but it can be very hard to implement as you need knowledge and mathematical skills, which not everybody has. However, you can now instantly create statistical lines on your charts in Target Dashboard to get information quickly. This article will show you some useful statistics to implement, including averages and standard deviation. [Read More]
 
 
17
November
2013
5 Essential charts for Maintenance-Free Executive Reports
A great KPI dashboard offers information at a glance, but a lot of time is often needed to create and maintain dashboards to keep them fresh and meaningful. However, there are some charts which let you get actionable info from any kind of data, in many situations. This guide will show you 5 of the best charts for create maintenance-free dashboards [Read More]
 
 
17
June
2013
Stop, Get Ready, Go! Create Actionable Project Management Dashboards with RAG Charts
KPI Dashboards are brilliant tools for Project Managers - Metrics can be monitored from multiple projects, and decisions can be made quickly. But given the scope of the manager's duties, dashboards need to communicate important information as quickly as possible. Using red-amber=green indicators in your project management dashboard can do just this, and this article will show you how! [Read More]
 
 
30
May
2013
Gauges – You Don’t Have to Choose between Snapshot and Trend
You CAN keep your cake and eat it too when it comes to gauges. Keep reading to find out how to successfully combine the snapshot of the gauge with the context and trend analysis of a traditional chart. [Read More]
 
 
6
May
2013
The Next Big Thing: 4 Data Visualisation Examples with Better Alternatives
There are many weird and wonderful charts which people use to visualise data - not all of them are well suited to visualising important business data. [Read More]
 
 
24
April
2013
3D or not 3D: when to add a 3rd dimension to your KPI charts
Making your KPI charts 3d has long been seen as an easy method to make your data look great. However, 3d charts aren't necessarily better at actually showing useful information, and can hinder your presentation if used without thought. This article will show you why 3d shouldn't be used recklessly, and when you should use it in your dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
19
April
2013
How to group and display your KPIs by category
By splitting your KPI data into categories, you can see how your data is made up, and spot otherwise hidden trends. This article will show you how you can categorise your data and display it in an understandable and meaningful way. [Read More]
 
 
15
February
2013
5 Inventive ways to use column charts in your KPI dashboard
Column charts not only show KPI performance data accurately, but also allow managers to easily spot trends. However, a dashboard full of column charts can result in crucial data being overlooked. This post will show you 5 ways that column charts can be used to add not only clarity, but also variety to your management dashboards. [Read More]
 
 
12
February
2013
Pie Charts Revisited: The Pie Chart’s place in KPI Dashboards.
Pie charts are one of, if not the most well-known and widespread of all charts. There is a tendency for pie charts to be used in dashboards not due to usefulness, but for familiarity and visual stimulation. This article will show you when to use a pie chart, and what they can do for your KPI dashboard. [Read More]
 
 
11
January
2013
Ways to effectively implement Gauges in your Dashboard
The use of Gauges in KPI dashboard has often had a stigma of 'style over substance' attached to it. However gauges have unique attributes which can bring lot to the table. This post discusses the way different gauge types can be used to improve dashboards, with the correct use of course! [Read More]
 
 
9
January
2013
The Best Charts for showing Measures and Trends
When using dashboards, companies commonly gather numerical measurements, which are more often than not analysed to find trends. However, while one type of chart may clearly show trends, it may not be as effective at showing measures, and vice versa. This article will discuss which charts are best for showing measures and trends individually. [Read More]
 
 
7
December
2012
Why Two Dashboard Charts are Better than One
Most people will take some data and build a single chart from this data. There are many time when this just not deliver what is required and is therefore ineffective. In this post I explain a simple technique that will make your dashboards more effective. [Read More]
 
 
11
October
2012
A Guide to Dashboard Charts and Graphs Design
When placing a chart or graph onto a dashboard of KPI's it is quite normal to be focused on the data, but the way it that you present your chart can have a significant impact on how well your dashboard communicates information. [Read More]
 
 
3
October
2012
How to Make Better Pie Charts
looking pie chart is easy but producing a pie chart that clearly communicates your data is a completely different matter. In this post I hope to help you build better pie charts for your KPI dashboards. [Read More]
 
2
October
2012
Ultimate Reference to Using Dashboard Charts: Pros and Cons
10's of charts examples and their pros and cons when used in a KPI dashboard [Read More]
 
 
20
July
2012
Why A Bar Chart is Better Than a Pie Chart
Pie charts are loved by people across the world. Along with a column chart they are the de facto standard chart for using in management reports and dashboards. But the truth is that pie charts and not very good at communicating the message that you want and there are better visualisation options. [Read More]
 
10
July
2012
How to see trends more easily
If you have fluctuating data with large ranges then it can sometimes be hard to spot the underlying trend. Using a rolling average is a simple way of solving this. A rolling or moving average shows a figure that is an average of several of the previous values. [Read More]
 
 
21
June
2012
The Best Way to Create a Pie Chart for Your KPI Dashboard
Putting pie charts on your dashboard is really good way to show the % share of the elements of your KPI. [Read More]
 
 
8
May
2012
Why You Should Avoid Line Charts!
When plotting KPIs the standard chart most managers tend to use is a line chart. Often their KPI reports stay with this chart simply because it was the default option. Yes a line chart works fine and plots the values that you ask, but if you consider it in the context of a busy day when managers are scanning large amounts of information quickly then smaller trends become very easy to miss. [Read More]