I’m continually discouraged by people’s misunderstanding of the term “Dashboard” as it relates to understanding their company’s performance.
A good dashboard doesn’t have loads of colors and visual effects. A good dashboard isn’t overwhelmed by logos and pictures of actors masquerading as happy employees and customers. A good business (executive, operational, etc.) dashboard is not reminiscent of an aviator’s cockpit.
I’ve found a wonderful description of a dashboard, in How to Build a Data-Driven Startup on David Cancel’s blog. This is slide 41 from his presentation this summer at the Lean Startup Circle.
The following slides give crucial advice for what goes into dashboards, and what you should do with the resulting observations.
Thanks to @JanWillemTulp for the heads up.