Colour is a hugely important part of how we design our performance reports and dashboards, particularly the KPI graphs they contain. But there are 5 big mistakes that can destroy the ease and integrity of interpreting the information they contain. Are you making any of them? Let's find out...
Too often we assume that performance measurement depends on technical systems, like a business intelligence system or dashboard application. But for performance measurement to become entrenched in how our organisations work, it's the non-technical systems that matter most.
by Michel Dekker, Nova SilvaEnrico Bertini explains in his recipe1 that studying plays an important role in becoming a Data Visualization expert. However, he also emphasizes it is just the beginning. This was probably the reason why Ben de Jong approached me a year ago to help him improve data visualizations at the bank he works for.
I've written about two very powerful graphs to use on performance dashboards, or in performance reports that need to be concise: my version of Stephen Few's bullet graph, and my version of Edward Tufte's sparkline (my version is called a smartline). Is one better than the other?