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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating Dashboards

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By: Cedric Fillmore, Data Analytics Practice Director

We’ve covered six ways to create effective dashboards, but it’s also important to discuss common mistakes. Why? To help you prevent having to fix issues later. Even knowing best practices you could still miss simple mistakes that should be avoided for your dashboards to be effective.

The Five Mistakes When 

Creating Dashboards

  1. Starting off with too much complexity

    You could spend weeks-to-months perfecting your dashboards before releasing. Instead, you should work in short cycles by creating dashboard prototypes, testing, adjusting accordingly and publishing. Don’t get caught up in trying to provide detailed dashboards that cover every aspect and business challenge taking place.  

  2. Using metrics no one understands

    Are the metrics you are using understandable to other people or just you? Make sure to validate them with others. Just because they make sense to you does not mean they will be familiar to others.

  3. Cluttering the dashboard with low-value graphics and widgets

    We all love seeing pretty graphics that quickly gain people’s attention, however, try to resist this urge when creating your dashboards. These get in the way of the overall objective of the dashboard:  for the audience to easily see and process information. Keep it simple!

  4. Waiting for complex technology and large business intelligence deployment projects

    Legacy BI implementations can take significant time and waiting for these to materialize can be too much of a delay. You must use applications that will help you build and publish your dashboards right away to begin gaining immediate insights.

  5. Underestimating the need to maintain the dashboard

    This is not a one-and-done process. Once you roll out a dashboard, maintenance must be done. Check with your audience to ensure the metrics and data are relevant and update as needed. If this isn’t done often, the dashboard may experience low adoption.

For dashboard creators: Now that you know the Do’s and Don’ts of dashboard best practices, go out and create! Let us know what you come up with and what questions you have along the way, and if you're a beginner be sure to check out our Data Visualization 101 e-book.

For business professionals wondering where to start with utilizing dashboards within your organization: Let’s talk! Onebridge is here to help your organization turn its data into valuable assets of information for your entire team.


Resources: Tableau, 6 Best Practices for Creating Effective Dashboards


About the Author

Cedric Fillmore

Cedric has 14+ years of experience in technical and client-interfacing project management, implementation, and corporate sales. Prior to Onebridge, he spent 4 years with IBM supporting clients in the maturity and adoption of business analytics with technologies including Watson; and 5 years at MicroStrategy implementing BI solutions and data architecture.

After graduating from the Indiana Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science, he became an expert in all things data including ETL, Databases, Business Intelligence, and Advanced Analytics. His expertise lies in partnering with key stakeholders to build and deliver solutions which drive value by helping businesses create connections, find meaning, and develop predictive analysis through their data.

Topics: BI and Data Analytics, Tableau, Sales / Marketing, IT, Human Resources, Finance, Procurement, Supply Chain

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