As we mentioned previously, designing an effective dashboard is a challenging task. The first step to create a useful dashboard is to determine which questions need to be answered by the dashboard, which problems need to be detected on time, and why a dashboard is required.
Once we have determined the purpose of the dashboard, we can begin to gather all the data that can help us answer the questions and understand the issues stated in the dashboard purpose. The data can be originated from several sources.
We will then need to organize the information in meaningful sections in order to help the user easily navigate the dashboard and find the required information.
We will also need to choose the visual displays for each piece of data that we want to put in the dashboard. We need to choose compact displays that are familiar to the user in order to minimize the amount of effort taken in decoding the information.
In this section, we will design and implement a dashboard to monitor...