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This is a great question.
I'll give you my take on a few things I try to define when creating a dashboard.
1. What is the audience of the dashboard seeking to know? Often we see questions in the community that begin "I have a requirement.. and the rest of the thread is about the exact placement of a visual element or it relates to formatting, or some other such specific thing. The dashboard may end up providing the information the audience seeks but the author missed the opportunity to engage the audience in creating an engaging and interactive data discovery tool.
2. Iterate - everyone has a different questions to ask of the data. Creating a starting dashboard allows your audience to improve and add in their own ideas. Again - keep it focused on what they are trying to learn about the data and not specific sorts of visualizations or data elements. Ask questions about the data and the questions they have about the data. Every great dashboard is a makover of a previous one.
3. Read up and learn best practices. Some of my favorite resources - VizCandy | Beautiful Tableau Dashboards , http://datablick.com/blog/ , VizPainter – Tableau Tips and Tricks ● Story Telling ● Beautiful Data Visualizations , and Drawing with Numbers | Thoughts on data visualization and Tableau combined with the online training resources (free) available on the Tableau learning area of the site will give you a great start. Oh and watch some of the wonderful Think Data Thursday videos we have created through the years.
I'm sure others will chime in but this is a great question and I hope you find your journey with using Tableau to be as much fun and as interesting as I do.
Hi Teresa ,
Hope you are great i'm also having that same question over a period of time .
Didn't get the exact answer till now?
could u please help me in this.