The Dashboard Spy

March 6, 2006

Pick a KPI, any KPI – Using visual size and color to show trending data on dashboards

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 6:14 pm

Here is an interesting series of screens from Note how the Executive Dashboard product handles the past and future trends for the indicators. Also see how the users can set their own configuration preferences. It’s always interesting to see how a dashboard application handles KPI configuration.

Past and Future Trends Dashboard
Dashboard Screen: The dashboard page displays the overall health of key performance indicators. Each box represents a key performance indicator (KPI) and the health for corresponding periods. The default executive dashboard shown can be unique to the individual logged in, or shared by the entire organization.

View Indicator 
View Screen: The View screen gives a snapshot picture of the key performance indicator (KPI). Charts display supporting data, while text details the criteria and justification for each KPI.

View Indicator
Design Screen: The design screen allows all elements of a key performance indicator (KPI) to be customized, including sub-indicators, charts, measures, criteria, and display properties.

Edit Indicator 
Edit Screen: The Edit screen displays the data and projections for the given key performance indicator – KPI. Rationale, justification, and overrides can be entered here.

Reports: Each dashboard can be produced as a report utilizing custom templates. Quick searches are also available for key performance indicators meeting specific criteria.

Design Dashboard 
Design Report Screen: The Design Report screen provides a means to format both the online and printed report. Titles, indicators, and groups of indicators are easily added or removed using drag and drop functionality from the web.

Data Values 
Data Entry Screen: Performance Metric data is added for each key performance indicator (KPI). From a single screen, both actual values and projections for multiple indicators or time periods are entered.

Criteria Screen 
Criteria (Health) Codes Screen: Unlimited levels of criteria can be added to the system. Users can choose from color codes to custom graphics to display the health of their performance measures.

Period Codes Screen: Period Codes are the smallest unit of time for a key performance indicator. They represent the level at which data is either entered or calculated. The application does allow indicators representing different time periods to be placed together on the same dashboard.

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 business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books 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 to share, please leave a comment or send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.

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