The Dashboard Spy

April 21, 2006

Performance Dashboard Screenshot – A university research division scorecard based on excel

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 10:08 am

The Division for Research at the University of Albany (SUNY) publishes this performance dashboard to show how they are doing in the areas of research development, grant/contract administration, awards, reporting, and post-award activities. This scorecard looks like it was generated by excel. Each thumbnail graph has a green/red, up/down arrow to show state and trend. I would note that the graphs can be grouped more clearly. They seem to be in vertical order but the groups go across columns. I would dedicated each column to one group and have the column heights jagged instead of being even across. What do you think? 

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Homework: Study up on performance dashboards with the book, Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business. If you need to review graphing using excel, check out these books on excel charts .

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.

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