The Dashboard Spy

March 30, 2006

Setting Key Performance Indicator Trigger Levels on an Enterprise Dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 6:02 pm

On the business side, the focus of a KPI or scorecard project is always on determining what specific levels trigger the various red/green/yellow conditions. But how, as the designer or programmer, do you lay out the dashboard screen for the user to enter these levels? We've seen hundreds of view mode screenshots, but what about edit or configure views? From the files of the very talented graphic designer at comes this KPI trigger level input screenshot. As you can see, some KPIs require a range while others are greater than or less than an absolute number. This particular solution uses the color of the backgrounds of the sections to aid in the editing process.

Executive Dashboard screenshot

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_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy's favorite books.


  1. I am interested in learning more about your product. I work with CEOs and the biggest issue we have is getting them to create key indicators etc. Thanks!

    Good job on what I see on your website.

    Comment by Billie Tucker — August 8, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

  2. Hi, superdubber Conditions dashboard. We are building currently something similar. could you give me some information what BI-Tool you used behind.
    Thanks and best regards

    Comment by Michael — June 19, 2007 @ 4:17 am

  3. Hello Dashboard Spy. I enjoy your blog about information dashboards and business dashboards. It is good to see such information. I have been studying this topic for many months now and am glad to see so many examples. I will visit your site often.

    I was very interested in seeing your post about “KPI Requirements for Dashboard Projects”. Thank you for the information about this dashboard topic. There is a dashboard project at work about this subject.

    The Excel graphic is very nice. I like the colors and the questions are very interesting – What Question? Who’s Asking, Why is it Important, etc. I think it is very good. I also like the layout of the screen. I have a question about the boxes on the right side. Is the user supposed to type the answers to the questions into the boxes?

    I work for a large company that has a few dashboards”, “I am a project manager for the finance department”, “I have limited dashboard experience but want to learn more.

    Comment by linda barco — November 15, 2007 @ 1:48 am

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