In this video I kickstart the #VizznessFirst initiative where I describe a Tableau Dashboard I constructed using multiple resources from the Tableau #datafam community. Invest your valuable time in watching the videos as it will be worth the investment if you’re looking to pick up some new skills.
I describe the dashboard, show you the resources and then you attempt to build it. This is a perfect intermediate/advanced dashboard idea starter for students looking to improve their Tableau skills.
Let’s start with a little background on how this initiative came together. I am a big fan of the Real World Fake Data (i.e., RWFD) project run by Mark Bradbourne at Tableau. I wanted to finally get involved and put together a dashboard and hopefully learn something new.
Because the particular data set used (Week 5: Help Desk) had very few measures to sum or aggregate; this left counting rows as the most informative means to squeeze some meaning from the data.
I stumbled upon an excellent blog post from Tableau Zen Master Lindsay Betzendahl where she explained a technique to highlight when a “filter” has been activated with a small indicator. I reversed engineered her dashboard to try and tease out how to pull this off with the RWFD data set.
In addition to this technique, I mashed up some other techniques from various members of the Tableau community. One of the great things that I enjoy about the Tableau community is that there are many creators who put out great content for others to learn from; whether it be videos, blog posts, PowerPoint slides, etc.
Once I had a dashboard I was proud of sharing. I figured I would release it as a series to try and teach others some of these techniques. The 3 videos in this series is the culmination of that effort.
VIDEO 1: Overview of the Project and Resources Required
Here are the references I used to put together the dashboard.
- Data File: REAL WORLD FAKE DATA DATSET #5 (HELP DESK)
- FILTER INDICATORS: LINDSAY BETZENDAHL
- PERCENTAGE OF RECORDS SELECTED
- BUTTONS: KEVIN FLERLAGE
- SHOW HIDE CONTAINER
- Build a Tableau COVID-19 Dashboard Part 3: https://anthonysmoak.com/2020/04/25/build-a-tableau-covid-19-dashboard/
- Anthony B Smoak YouTube Channel: Show and Hide Containers in Tableau: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNjDDkWAXmM
- CONTAINER LAYOUTS
- Part 3: https://anthonysmoak.com/2020/04/25/build-a-tableau-covid-19-dashboard/
- Curtis Harris YouTube Channel : Things I Know About Tableau Layout Containers:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1gC05jyMS8
VIDEO 2: STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Make sure to watch Video 2 above because this is where I explain the main technique required to complete the dashboard.
VIDEO 3: STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS (TABLE TRICKS)
Video three rounds out the series by demonstrating a cool trick that enables you to build a filter button that opens a detailed table dashboard populated with only the records of interest from the first page. Yes, it uses a filter action but there is twist. Make sure to check it out.
SHARE WHAT YOU CREATE
- POST YOUR FINISHED DASHBOARD TO TABLEAU PUBLIC:
- DASHBOARD BUILT USING TABLEAU DESKTOP 2020.4.1
- SHARE YOUR LINK IN THE COMMENTS ON THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
- 10K+ SUBSCRIBERS CAN VIEW YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT
- YOU CAN ALSO POST TO:
- MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE:
- “Inspired by @AnthonySmoak”
- Include hashtag #ViznessFirst
- INTERACT WITH MY DASHBOARD VERSION ON TABLEAU PUBLIC:
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