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Tightening up Dashboards

Rita Fainshtein improves that dashboard:

One of our challenges as dashboard developers is effectively presenting all the necessary information to decision-makers while working within the constraints of limited ‘real estate’ on the dashboard. To tackle this challenge, I’ve compiled a list of 5 tips that will help you complete the task without the need for excessive buttons or constant screen switching.

I heartily agree with 4 out of the five and agree with caveats concerning the tooltip example. The only reason I might disagree with moving information into tooltips is that dashboards are intended to be glanceable, meaning you can get all relevant information by looking at the dashboard but without needing to click, drag, scroll, drill, or otherwise manipulate the dashboard. I like tooltips for ancillary information—which, in fairness, is also the point Rita drives at.