How To Choose The Best Chart For Your Data

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There are lots of whitepapers, presentations & blogs out on the Internet that tell you to use one chart type versus another. It’s great that there are so many chart types available but do you know when to use a bar chart versus a line chart?

This presentation will provide you information so the next chart you put together works with the data you are trying to present.

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How To Choose The Best Chart For Your Data

  1. 1. TeamQualityPro See Everything ~ Executive Decision Platform How To Choose The Best Chart For Your Data Prepared by: Jay Philips jay@teamqualitypro.com
  2. 2. Overview There are lots of whitepapers, presentations & blogs out on the Internet that tell you to use one chart type versus another. It’s great that there are so many chart types available but do you know when to use a bar chart versus a line chart? This presentation will provide you information so the next chart you put together works with the data you are trying to present.
  3. 3. Define What You Are Trying To Present When you're putting together a chart, you're trying to show one of four things with the data you have: a relationship between data points, a comparison of data points, a composition of data, or a distribution of data.  A relationship tries to show a connection or correlation between two or more variables through the data presented.  A comparison tries to set one set of variables apart from another, and display how those two variables interact.  A composition tries to collect different types of information that make up a whole and display them together.  A distribution tries to lay out a collection of related or unrelated information simple to see how it correlates, if at all, and to understand if there's any interaction between the variables. The next slide provides chart suggestions (image courtesy of A. Abela) to help you select the correct chart type.
  4. 4. Chart Types
  5. 5. Format & Data Now that you’ve selected your chart you need to format it.  Gridlines should be removed when not needed.  Axes should clearly labeled and relevant to the chart.  Text should be readable  Data should be accurate  Data displayed is meaningful and actionable
  6. 6. About TeamQualityPro TeamQualityPro is a real-time integrated platform to evaluate the entire ecosystem of Application projects and development resources with drill down investigation into specific team activity. The dashboards present on demand information to make informed assessments from any location at any time. TeamQualityPro is code agnostic and built on lean architecture. An organization can rapidly connect and define views, investigate teams and projects in each development phase from requirements through production. Industry standard critical measurements in CMMI, Code Complexity, Function points, Testing, Lines of Code, Defect analysis, Project progress, and Costs produce graphical and table formats for decision accuracy.
  7. 7. TeamQualityPro Platform
  8. 8. Contact Jay Philips ~ CEO & President Email: jay@teamqualitypro.com LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jayphilips Twitter: http://twitter.com/jayphilips Mike Beane Email: mike@teamqualitypro.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-beane/2/2b9/386

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