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Building Effective Dasboards


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Building effective dashboards for Technology management

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Building Effective Dasboards

  1. 1. Building Effective Dashboards For Technology Management ITMGMT500
  2. 2. Welcome and Agenda <ul><li>What is a Dashboard? </li></ul><ul><li>Guiding Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Key Measurement/KPI’s </li></ul><ul><li>Good and bad Dashboards </li></ul><ul><li>Why should you use Dashboards </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Dashboard? <ul><li>“ A Dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives. Key information is arranged on a single screen so it can be monitored at a glance.” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. How can a Dashboard help me? <ul><li>“ Trying to improve something when you don’t have a means of measurement and performance standards is like setting out on a cross-country trip in a car without a fuel gauge. You can make calculated guesses and assumptions based on experience and observations, but without hard data, conclusions are based on insufficient evidence.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mikel Harry, an author of a good book on “ Six Sigma .” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Or as one Famous Philosopher said <ul><li>“ You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going because you might not get there.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yogi Berra </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Even Dilbert Agrees
  7. 7. To Design Effective Dashboards Keep them Simple Think of your Car
  8. 8. Guiding Principles in Dashboard Design <ul><li>Focus on the User </li></ul><ul><li>Display the most important information </li></ul><ul><li>Must be well organized on a single screen </li></ul><ul><li>Can be monitored at a glance </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dashboard Best Practices
  10. 10. Key Dashboard Measurements/KPI’s <ul><li>Key Indictors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Progress </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Requirements to spot trouble </li></ul><ul><li>Identify what you need to know for quick decision making </li></ul>
  11. 11. For example – Monitor actual versus Planned  
  12. 12. Good Dashboards
  13. 13. Is this Effective?
  14. 14. Why should you use Dashboards <ul><li>Measurement is important, and measuring the important things is most important. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.” Bill Gates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Managers who use effective measurements can spot trouble before a project slows to a death march. </li></ul><ul><li>Dashboards can help you communicate project status. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Summary <ul><li>Effective Dashboards can help you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Measure key data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide quick insight to a project status </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct your efforts to key areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you communicate status to your team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine directional change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ You can observe a lot just by watching.” Yogi Bera </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Effective Use of Dashboards Thank you for your participation –Any Questions?
  17. 17. Sources <ul><li>Information Dashboard Design by Stephen Few </li></ul><ul><li>Noteix/Dashboard – “Dashboard Development and Deployment A Methodology for Success </li></ul><ul><li>Telelogic Dashboard - IBM </li></ul>