Category Archives: Dashboards

Data management drives efficiency story

All companies should want to relate their IT systems to insights that customers and leadership value. So it’s not uncommon to develop visual stories that relate big data to activities to benefits. Here is the evolution of one such story in overview and case example. Lineage is the second largest purveyor of cold storage solutions in the United States.

Sketch of big data collection points, uses, and client benefits

Sketch of big data collection points, uses, and client benefits

And the final style…

Picture of big data repositories

Data collections, uses, and benefits

benefits in data use that reduce route miles for trucks

Case story sketch depicting route miles saved through smart data usage

route miles reduction that saves client money

Final route miles case story art

Visual dashboards for project tracking

Engaging illustrations make it easier to communicate status updates. A quick, visual read of progress supports understanding among participants so they can stay on track and know what’s coming next. I’ve gathered a few examples from different clients here to show the diversity of approaches available.

A realignment image of a race track to the finish line

Strategic objectives displayed over years

If your timeline spans years, it’s certainly helpful to retain some editing capabilities to reshuffle priorities. We used powerpoint in this Forest Service example to outline several critical objectives and the planned actions that would advance organizational interests.

When the timeline is more focused on a campaign with differing target audiences over a shorter period of time, it can be useful to show how actions are going to be sequenced. The next visual dashboard describes a security program communication campaign for Unilever’s global employees.

Pyramid of communications over time and event

Campaign targets senior, middle, and staff levels

The positioning and colors on the diagram highlight the relative effort of the task over time, with the targeted audiences and type of communication. This provides a very quick overview of what’s planned. Developed in Illustrator, the details in this type of approach make it more difficult to quickly edit.

Finally, if a regular weekly report is needed than the categories of interest may need to be differentiated for attention. What’s on track or not? These types of reports are frequently roll-ups of multiple team members given to a manager for approval or awareness.

categorical boxes in color for status updates

Weekly dashboard for key concerns

If you want your team to look sharp and focused then it’s best to submit something that reflects your professionalism.

And if your supervisory group has a sense of humor, I suggest you give them the gift of time and make your visual dashboards as short as possible. Simply rotate the thumb in the direction needed according to your summation, and you’re done.

Just cut to the chase

Just cut to the chase