The Dashboard Spy

September 20, 2006

Project Management Dashboard – Letting team members access MS Project through a dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , , — dashboardspy @ 1:51 pm

Dashboard Topic: Project Dashboards

Here’s a look at the digital dashboard approach to project management using a layer between the project team and MicroSoft Project. These enterprise dashboard screens come from The concept is that you can continue to use the native MS Project file, while also having it serve as the data source powering a Project Dashboard. This way, rather than acquiring a Project license for everyone and his brother, you can let the “team” access the project details via a browser-based dashboard. I put “team” in quotes because on a typical project you get plenty of concerned parties that come and go.

The first screenshot is of the project dashboard. I’m not too fond of the use of so many colors for the statuses. What do all the different colors mean? If you go beyond red, green, yellow and gray (for missing or not yet reported data), then you should have a legend. Just a digital dashboard best practice.

Project Dashboard Screenshot

Project Management Issues Dashboard KPI

Tags: Dashboard Project, Project Management Dashboard, Microsoft Project Dashboards 

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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 digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s books on enterprise dashboards. His current favorite is Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, the only book on actually implementing executive dashboards.


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