We made it! It’s the final day of Dashboard week and it has been a hectic week. The week was not as hard as we expected but we went through our fair share of challenges and difficulties. However, I think everyone will agree that it was one of the most rewarding weeks of the entire training so far. It really felt like a culmination of everything we had learnt jam-packed into one week of dashboarding. As someone who hasn’t made that many across training, it was an incredibly valuable experience. As I mentioned before, it really exposed to me my style, strengths and weaknesses.
For our last day, we’ve been provided with an OECD Better Life Index data set. This dataset looks at a variety of topics essential in the quality of life. It compares all 30+ countries and their scores against each other. We were encouraged to create something with a country that we felt personal to or to develop a story with the countries.
STRATEGY/BUILDING THE DASHBOARD:
This challenge was mainly a dashboard heavy focused one, with very minimal work required in Alteryx. This allowed us to fully focus on crafting our dashboard. For our final challenge, I really wanted to go outside of my comfort zone. I’ve created 4 relatively similar dashboards and I wanted to learn something new. Even though they are not the best graphs, I wanted to try a radial bar chart. This would allow me to learn about trigonometry and more advanced mathematics in Tableau.
Using Luke Stanke’s guide (but not following his advice), I set out on recreating a radial bar chart. I wanted the chart to showcase the top 5 countries for each indicator. Most of the building today involved trying to understand how trigonometry calculations work in Tableau. In the end, I spent most of my time formatting the legends and learning the process. As we had very little time today, I had to settle for a relatively basic dashboard.
It has been an incredibly valuable week of dashboarding and data wrangling. We’ve had the opportunity to revise old techniques and learn new ones along the way. It really goes to show how a little practice can really go a long way in improving your dashboarding skills.