More Tips for Great Dashboards in your Project Management Software Tools
As a follow-up to my post from earlier this week on keys to an exceptional dashboard, I came across an article in CIO magazine by Chris Curran on "10 CIO Dashboard Tips." It is geared towards an IT audience, but has several good tips nonetheless. Here are a few that I liked:
Make sure you can actually collect the data you want to measure.
It does not good to show an earned value statistic, for example, if you do not have good work breakdown structures.
Begin by summarizing and analyzing data you already collect.
You may find some good analysis for your dashboard right off the bat.
Create a report to perform checks and balances on core dashboard data to increase credibility.
The companion report would provide some detail from which the dashboard data is derived. This increases everyone's confidence in the dashboard data itself.
Have a printable version of the dashboard.
This way people can easily take the information with them.
You can read the full article with all the tips here. Enjoy! And have a great weekend!