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 

Homework: Do you know about this book? Check out The Project Management Scorecard: Measuring the Success of Project Management Solutions

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.


  1. Except that this would be a violation of the EULA on the MPP file format as are most of the “Project Viewers” out there now.

    Also, how about an email address on your site so people can contact you with dashboards they want you to see?

    Comment by Joe Schmoe — September 20, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

  2. Interesting point you bring up, thanks. If you’d like to submit a dashboard or two, please email to info {at) Kindly replace {at) with the at symbol. Thanks The Dashboard Spy.

    Comment by dashboardspy — September 20, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

  3. Hello Dashboard Spy. I enjoy your blog about digital 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 digital dashboards”. Thank you for the information about this dashboard topic. There is a dashboard project at work about this subject.

    The excel 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 22, 2007 @ 2:54 am

  4. I wnt to study Ms Project through my mail.

    Comment by Chitra.S — April 9, 2008 @ 1:44 am

  5. Hi,

    I developed two project dashboard applications. Free downloads at:

    Comment by Hans Sassenburg — April 5, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

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