Creating & Maintaining Impactful Dashboards

A presentation at WXG in in Guildford, UK by Jessica White

Creating useful dashboards is difficult. Figuring out what information should be displayed, where and why can be confusing. A useful first step in getting this right is to know who your audience is. Who will be using this dashboard? What for? What do they care about?

Together we will explore some of the many forms of dashboards, from those that are of most use to developers to those that display higher level information for business’. We’ll examine why they are important and what situations they are most useful in.

No matter what your role within a company, there will be a type of dashboard that will dazzle you with its insights. Come along and find out which dashboard you need.


The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.

  • Creating & Maintaining Impactful Dashboards Part One

    Creation of impactful dashboards - what to do when starting to put together your dashboards. Covering what a dashboard is, and some tips on what to do when thinking about creating a dashboard.

  • Creating & Maintaining Impactful Dashboards Part Two

    Getting the most out of your dashboards on a day to day basis - Continuous Maintenance. Covering maintenance of dashboards. Some suggestions on how to keep dashboards useful, and some considerations when working with them.

  • Creating & Maintaining Impactful Dashboards Part Three

    Danger Signs of Dashboarding - Times to make a change. Exploring are the signs that a dashboard may need a bit of clearing up or re-work.

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