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How to Pick a Chart for Your Dashboard

As Dashboard Spy readers know, dashboard chart selection is fraught with peril and the subject of many books and blogs. I’ve written at length about the relative merits of different chart types and stress how the decision of which chart to use should not be made frivolously nor at random.

To help you (or perhaps to confound you further), I present the “Chart Chooser” or aka “Chart Selections Thought Starter” from www.extremepresentation.com.

Take a look at this screengrab of the graphic and I’ll give you a higher resolution pdf link below the chart.

Chart Suggestion Thought Starter

For a larger pdf, use this link:

Chart Suggestions – A Thought Starter

Here’s an excerpt from the author:

Choosing a good chart: Here’s something we came up with to help you consider which chart to use. It was inspired by the table in Gene Zelazny’s classic work Saying It With Charts (p. 27 in the 4th. ed)

By the way, the chart chooser is step 7 in the 10-step Extreme Presentation method for designing presentations that drive action. More details on the chart chooser methodology here:

http://www.extremepresentation.com/design/charts

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