5 Common Dashboard Design Mistakes

It’s always easy to criticize but you will definitely agree with the following 5 common dashboard design mistakes.

1. You try to explode the audience with data without context or objective

This is always the case since the BI project team constantly receives new requirements from different fields of users or groups. In the end, they need to come up with a design that fits all departments and users. The end result is disastrous since the only way to do this is the explode the dashboard with data and various targeted visualizations causing inappropriate display of data/media to end users The broad range of end users will not be engaged as the dashboard will contain metrics not specific to them and information they don’t understand. Moreover, there will be no actionable intelligence inside and resulting in low engagement rate or high bounce rate.

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Is there any flexible BI dashboard tool that can be used without an expensive platform managed by IT?

Everyone should know that BI stands for Business Intelligence and not millions of IT expenses. At the end, the tool isn’t the biggest issue and actually software choice is probably one of the least significant decisions you’ll make. We should all start with the basics by answering these questions:

  • What are the objectives of the Dashboards?
  • How many dashboards do you need?
  • Are these dashboards shared across the enterprise or department?
  • Do they share the same KPIs but just different POVs?
  • Where are the sources of information? How clean are they? Will you need to join different sources?
  • How many users are there?
  • To what degree of latency can be tolerated?
  • In what availability window do you allow? End of Month? Daily? Real Time?

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2014 TDWI Best Practices Award

Every year, the “TDWI Best Practice Award” comes up around Feb. It’s always a good practice to apply even though you may not win. In the end, it helps you review your projects done in 2013 and that’s never a bad thing. Moreover, you have a chance of winning, you never know. This is the most recognized BI Awards out there. Give it a go!

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Why Are There So Few BI Experts?

It is important to understand the characteristics of a good BI Expert:

  1. Good Listener
  2. Opened to Criticism
  3. Self Criticize
  4. Able to Think Again and Again and Again and Again…until Perfect!
  5. Logical
  6. Passionate
  7. Love numbers and graphs
  8. Explorer – Explore & Accept New Ideas
  9. Constantly wanting to help others with BI
  10. All round business knowledge
  11. Up to date IT knowledge & willing to keep learning (self-motivated)
  12. Never comfortable at where you are (knowledge)
  13. Good communication skills
  14. Good at maths
  15. Good at UX design
  16. Good with colors
  17. Always putting yourself in someone else’s shoes (both your colleagues and clients)
  18. Don’t mind revision after revision and revision then revision again.

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