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The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios

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The definitive reference book with real-world solutions you won't find anywhere else The Big Book of Dashboards presents a comprehensive reference for those tasked with building or overseeing the development of business dashboards.

Comprising dozens of examples that address different industries and departments (healthcare, transportation, finance, human resources, marketing
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 24th 2017 by Wiley
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Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: presentations
It had great examples, but I was looking for more theory and explanation on the purpose of dashboards and what they should try to convey to an audience. Storytelling with Data was a stronger book in that regard.
Dominiek Leenknecht
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zeer inspirerend boek over hoe je data gebruiks- en leesvriendelijker kunt voorstellen in de vorm van dashboards. Ik had wel last van een "brain explosion"... Te veel creativiteit, te veel ideeën. Eigenlijk moet dit boek gewoon in de buurt liggen van mensen die company dashboards maken, zodat die een uurtje kunnen doorbladeren om ideeën op te doen telkens voor ze concreet aan de slag gaan... ...more
Vaclav Kocian
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: data-viz
Velmi prakticky postavená a užitečná kniha pro někoho, kdo se zabývá designem dashboardů. Pro tuto velmi omezenou skupinu publika je to kniha k nezaplacení, pro zbytek světa nečitelná :)
When on a mission to build a dashboard that either summarizes your data, shows progress towards a goal or even displays KPIs, where do you start? Do you just combine a couple of charts together and call it a dashboard? What is the best practice? These are some of the challenges that the authors of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios set to address. Here is a book on real world dashboard examples and an in-depth analysis on why they succeed.

Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I look at numbers for a living. Part of my job is creating visual dashboards of data and looking at other organizations’ dashboards. What I’ve learned over twenty years of doing this is that there are clear differences between good dashboards and bad ones. This book does a tremendous job of discussing this very fact. The authors are Tableau experts who create dashboards professionally. In the first part of their book, they walk through same basic dos and don’ts of data visualization (e.g. pie gr ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informatics, data, design
The book is written with friendly language and daily examples, not for an advanced dashboard or data visualization developer/designer. Easy to understand even if you are a beginner in data visualization and analysis. As a data person, I read this book to confirm my apprehension of data visualization and dashboard, as well as to give structure to my current (and messy) experience-acquired understanding on dashboard and data visualization. Though I don't get the structure I thought I would (becaus ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Repetitive, but also pretty definitive. It's nice that it even has a section at the end for "what if my boss insists upon using pie charts?"

You only need three books on data visualization, and this is one of them. It explains recurring data visualization best (you should only build dashboards for questions that need to be monitored, not for questions that only need to be answered once). The other two are Visualize This (for exploratory analysis that only needs to be answered once) and Storytelli
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
The book provides colorful dashboard examples for different industries (utilities, sports, healthcare, IT, telecomm, and financial) and for different purposes (employee performance, what-if analysis, product ranking, tracking to goals, capacity monitoring, and year over year comparison). After reading Chapters 1 and 2, I recommend jumping to the chapters that interest you most. The authors do an excellent job of explaining the pros and cons of the dashboards. However, they go into a lot of detai ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok wow this is indeed a BIG book, with 600+ pages of content. I am impressed that there is a huge variety of examples covered across different industries - sales, energy, healthcare, hospitality, media, telecommunications, sports etc., so there is a pretty good chance something relevant to your industry is covered. Overall, it's easy to understand, and a good resource to sharpen the basics of data visualisation. However, I took 1 star away as the book focused on telling you what you should or sh ...more
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Great book for what it does. Learn the basics of data storytelling first, but if you do any kind of business dashboards, this book is full of examples of how you can apply the practices of data storytelling in the dashboard format. Use cases vary, and each example walks you through the elements of the dashboard along with providing some alternate use cases for the dashboard style and author commentary. I found that even though I'm fairly advanced in this skill, just looking at so many examples s ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you need a book that will give you ideas for how to build appealing dashboards (and you like Tableau), then this is a great book for you. It has lots of useful examples of good dashboards that may be used in a variety of circumstances. Quite good for dashboard-building professionals.

I found the introduction a little sparse in visual analytics theory: the stuff that was covered very much like a Stephen Few book. But for the target audience, a great read nonetheless.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My daily job is building dashboards for various business units and honestly, I thought i am skilled enough to build a dashboard in tableau/power bi/Einstein analytics. But only after going through the book, i realized how much of best practices that i was missing. This is not a book for a beginner who is into business intelligence/data visualization. This book doesn't provide you tutorials about dashboard building. If you are looking for a book with a step by step approach to dashboard making, t ...more
Rishabh Srivastava
Dec 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Terrible book. The dashboards presented are complicated, not easy to understand, won’t work in a mobile-first world, and barely use annotations (probably the most powerful visualization technique). I’m alarmed by the fact that beginners to the field will use a book like this to understand “best practices” :/
Kyle Soule
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is filled with interesting ideas and thoughtful analysis of variance dashboards. I felt a few of the presentations were changed for the sake of change and a few were not even improvements. Overall, Wexler gave me plenty to think about when designing my next dashboard and I'm happy I spent time with this book. ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A go to book on my bookshelf that I reference frequently for inspiration and design ideas. It is heavy and the paper quality is durable and nice to the touch. Lots of illustrations and variations on each dashboard design. The authors share conversations about design choices and preferences. One of my favorites.
Sweemeng Ng
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good reference on dashboard design, it covers example dashboard and how it can be used. It also covers why a technique work, and doesn't work. It doesn't cover step by step, but it does cover some fundamentals. very nice ...more
Michael Olesen
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not only did this book give me some ideas on how to represent data more effectively, but it was a very interesting read. If you need to provide audiences with data in a way that they can understand the key pieces of information, this is well worth your time.
Vivian Nguyen
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think the first part of the book is excellent because it gives readers a foundation to build upon. The book would have been better if the actual files to the dashboards are downloadable.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
LOTS of information and examples.
Clayton Perkins
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This should be on the shelf of any data visualization specialist.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned
It was a good book to think about how to use visual dashboards, and how to set them up. A good book for the right person that needs it.
Josie Rice
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skimmed large parts, but a great overview and discussion of data visualization dashboards.
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relevant real examples

Great resource on best practices and example dashboards. Also enjoyed guidance that dashboards must be a living document. Highly recommended
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super useful
Laurie Shook
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I regret letting it set on my shelf for two years before reading. There are so many examples of various dashboards of all types, in all kinds of industries. The authors explain reasons why the examples work, and alternate approaches to the charts. I learned a lot, and am now well-armed to ask intelligent questions to develop intelligent designs when someone asks for “cool dashboards.” Many biggest takeaways: 1) What is the problem the user is trying to solve? 2) How sophisticated ...more
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