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How to Design a Dashboard

Written by: Matt David
Reviewed by: Tim Miller

Dashboards enable people to make decisions based on data. This book walks you through the process of defining, prototyping, building, and deploying a dashboard. The focus of the book is to help people make dashboards that get used to make decisions.

    Introduction

  • Introduction 

    Dashboards help organizations make data driven decisions. Learn how to apply design thinking to creating useful dashboards.

  • What is a Dashboard? 

    Learn what dashboards are and why they are important to making decisions. Dashboards have a long history for supporting decision making.

  • What Makes a Great Dashboard (ACES) 

    Learn the best practices behind dashboard design to support decision making. Accuracy, Clarity, Empowerment, and being Succinct.

  • Dashboard Design Process 

    See how design thinking principals map to dashboard design. Define, Prototype, Build, and Deploy Dashboards.

    Define

  • Identifying Key Roles 

    Learn the key stakeholders for a dashboard design process. Learn how to work with Designers, Developers, and your audience.

  • Determine the Metrics to Monitor 

    Define what metrics actually matter to business professionals. Use customer development techniques to determine the best metrics.

    Build

  • Finding the Data That Builds Metrics 

    Learn to collaborate with your data team to discover what data can be used within a dashboard. Use SQL to find and assess columns to use.

  • Build the Metrics 

    Use SQL to query the database to get the data behind the metrics people want to see. Use our template to quickly build accurate queries. Learn more.

    Conclusion

  • Conclusion 

    To create a Dashboard you need to define stakeholders and metrics, prototype designs, use SQL and a BI tool, and finally share it with the company.

  • Design a Dashboard Example 

    Example of how applying design thinking improves dashboard design