Not content with the hundreds of screenshots of actual enterprise dashboards and executive scorecards, Dashboard Spy readers have been demanding the release of my dashboard mockup and wireframe tools. These dashboard prototype templates are field-tested and have saved me hundreds of hours of work. Until now, they've been my own secret weapon. Now, I am releasing it to anyone involved in executive dashboard projects. Enjoy.
The dashboard templates come in the form of Powerpoint. The wide availablity of the software and the ease of use made it the eventual choice. Don't think that because it's Powerpoint, however, that it doesn't look and act like some slick html prototype. After you try it, you'll agree that this is some nicely done work. You can completely customize it for your particular situation.
My first release is the Cool Blue Template. As you see from the dashboard screenshot, it is a 3 column layout with smaller portlets on either side of a larger center column. The center is wider and features a data table. It's my own design and business users seem to love it. Claim it as your own and let me know the response. I'll roll out different executive dashboard styles now and then.
I've put the link to the template on The Dashboard Spy website. It's still under construction, but I've activated the home page and the template section. Over the next few days, more functionality will be turned on. Feel free to explore the site as more content gets posted. As they say, "If you like the blog, you'll love the site!".
Here are the links: The Dashboard Spy Collection of Dashboard Screenshots.
The Dashboard Templates page of the site where you can download this wireframing tool for executive dashboards.
Also, if you have feedback or a "How do I…" question on this dashboard wireframing tool, please post a comment.
Homework: Remember to promote The Dashboard Spy when you can. Distribute the powerpoint to anyone who might appreciate it and come visit the site at http://www.dashboardspy.com. Links to that address are greatly appreciated as well as frequent visits to the site.
So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy's favorite books.