The Dashboard Spy

April 28, 2006

Emergency Management Operations Dashboard Screenshot – KPIs for system failures, resources, response efforts

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 8:13 am

After studying a digital dashboard and supporting documentation sent to me by a Dashboard Spy interested in Emergency Management information systems, I've learned that such systems have constraints unique to themselves.  Here are some characteristics of emergency management operations:

  • Very often information regarding the emergency event is NOT available to managers.
  • Decisions have to be made quickly under time pressure.
  • Consequence of the errors might be huge – lost lives and damaged property.
  • Varying character of emergency events requires different knowledge and skills (specialized SMEs).
  • Cooperation and coordination of teams with different expertise is critical. This includes on site cooperation  as well as knowledge sharing through communication channels.

The main tasks that this system must do are:

  • Quick identification of source of system failure, scope of the crisis and its consequences.
  • Anticipation of potential evolution
  • Specification of interrelated risks
  • Estimation of resources needed
  • Identification of available external resources
  • Estimation of response costs
  • Archive  incident log into database
  • Evaluation of response operations after crisis

Enterprise Dashboard

Homework: Applying one's knowledge and effort towards community-based dashboards is a noble endeavor. If you find yourself in a crisis management-related dashboard effort, be sure to browse through this list of books on emergency management.

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. In an Emergency…

    The Dashboard Spy …

    Trackback by Rearranging the Deck Chairs — April 29, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

  2. Hello Dashboard Spy. I enjoy your blog about company 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 – Using the KPI information dashboards.”. Thank you for the information about this dashboard topic. There is a dashboard project at work about this subject.

    The information dashboards. 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?

    Comment by saibaba — November 21, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

  3. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design
    this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. many thanks

    Comment by Traffic generation — February 19, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  4. I am constantly signing in and out of my college website and it is rather annoying to always have to type in my user id. It used to be saved, but then I updated Firefox and it won’t save.. . If anyone could explain to make Firefox remember that would be great. Thanks..

    Comment by hybrid solar — January 31, 2016 @ 2:41 am

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