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Tag Archives: Data Visualization

Real-world Reporting: Using Power Bi Visuals To Solve Business Requirements and Create Stellar Reports In Project Online

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDUs in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle.   Event Description: Microsoft has recently launched a very impressive update to its PPM Power BI Content Pack, which allows organizations to get started quickly with dashboards and reports without requiring…

Visio Basics For Project Managers

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Perhaps you’ve used Visio to create a flow chart or a swimlane diagram… or an organization chart… but are you still doing those things by hand? Did you know…

Two Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Visio

Creating diagrams in Visio is fairly easy, but do you stop when you have a collection of shapes on the page? If you do, you’re missing most of the real power of Visio. While it’s true that a picture can be worth a thousand words, with Visio, you can take that picture to the next…

Common Issues in Project Management #5: Four Things Not to Do When Creating Reports in MS Project

I’ve created my fair share of Project, Program, and Portfolio Reports. Based on that knowledge, I wanted to share with you some common issues I notice within organizations. I hope, as you read these, you’ll see if they apply to your organization, be able to improve based on this article, and let me know if…

Exploratory vs. Explanatory Visuals in Planning

I love this topic because it elicits a higher level of thought around designing the data visualizations we need in planning, in a way that my simple mind can consume. In her book “Storytelling with Data,” Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic points out very early on that there are really two kinds of data visualizations: exploratory and explanatory. Exploratory visuals…

Storytelling with Your Gantt Chart

“Storytelling” is something marketing experts have been talking about for years, as a better way to communicate brands, products and what sets businesses apart. It’s now a recognized, tried and true approach, and one that has taken a foothold due to its effectiveness. Our customer experiences online are, in large part, shaped by “stories” that…

Best Practices in Data Visualization

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Data visualization is a term that most business professionals are familiar with today. But how many in the planning community realize that they create data visualizations as a regular…

Size Matters (in Plan Communications)

…Well, in plan communications and Gantt charts, it does. Size, when used as an attribute to denote meaning in data visualization, will likely force our brain to look at the largest items first. In her book, Storytelling with Data, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic tells us, “Relative size denotes relative importance.” Size is just one of the…

How Many Colors Are Too Many in Your Charts?

Nine. Well, so says Scott Berinato, in his book Good Charts. He bases this number on a conversation he had with Tamara Munzner, a data visualization expert and professor of computer science at the University of British Columbia. Here’s an example Gantt chart with more than eight colors. Munzner is quoted (in the footnotes) as…

How Standardization Can Help Set the Brain’s Expectations

We recently discovered a smart psychiatrist named Jon Lieff, during our reading of Good Charts by Scott Berinato. (This book is a treasure trove of information, if you’re interested in learning more about making better charts — a must read for any business professional.) Lieff inked a blog post in April 2015 titled, “How Does…

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