How To Create Effective Dashboards

A dashboard is a visual representation of data that helps users track and analyse performance. Dashboards are used by businesses of all sizes to monitor everything from sales to customer satisfaction. We use them with our Okuda tool to monitor the progress and performance of complex processes.

A well-designed dashboard can help users make better decisions, improve efficiency, and identify areas for improvement. However, creating an effective dashboard can be challenging. There are many factors to consider, such as the type of data to display, the desired audience, and the desired level of detail. So how do you go about creating an effective dashboard?
There are a few key principles that should be considered when designing a dashboard:
Simplicity: Dashboards should be easy to use and understand. They should not be cluttered with too much information.
Clarity: Dashboards should be clear and concise. The data should be easy to read and understand.
Relevance: Dashboards should be relevant to the users. They should provide information that is useful and actionable.
Agility: Dashboards should be agile. They should be able to adapt to changes in data or user requirements.

And here are a few tips that can help you create effective dashboards based on our experience of building many for enterprises:
Start with a clear goal: What do you want to achieve with your dashboard? Once you know your goal, you can start to gather the necessary data and design the dashboard accordingly.
Choose the right data: Not all data is created equal. When choosing data for your dashboard, make sure it is relevant, accurate, and timely.
Select the right dashboarding tool – a low code tool like Okuda is perfect is your looking to monitor operational processes
Use the right visualisation: The type of visualisation you use will depend on the type of data you are displaying. For example, bar charts are good for displaying categorical data, while line charts are good for displaying time-series data.
Keep it consistent: Use the same fonts, colours, and layouts throughout your dashboard. This will help create a cohesive look and feel.
Test and iterate: Once you have created your dashboard, test it with users to get feedback. This will help you identify any areas that need improvement.

Dashboard design can be a challenging task, but by following these principles and tips you can create effective dashboards that will help your users make better decisions, improve efficiency, and identify areas for improvement. If you’d like to chat about your dashboarding project please drop us a message? – we’d love to help!