Last week I had the privilege of hosting a hands-on session at the San Francisco Bay Area Tableau User Group along side Anya A’Hearn and Dan Montgomery and following a talk from Dan Murray from Interworks. What a fun evening!
Since April is Tips Month at Tableau I offered 3 tips for better vizes. Each of which I will post on over the coming weeks:
- Taking Control of Dates
- Swapping out Views with Vertical Stacking Containers
- Developing a DataViz Checklist
I spent my early years in technology working in QA and focused on the details that help ensure quality. While everything had a test plan there was also a lot of exploratory testing. There was something about “checking your work” that was reassuring.
Recently, I heard a great Planet Money podcast on Obamacare and Checklists and it got me thinking about how we can use checklists to make our visual analytics better. Not a far cry from the days of test plans. On an even larger scale, the WHO has identified that 60% of people have surgical interventions have 1 of 6 key safety measures missed. How are they combatting this? Checklists.
Checklists are simple and highly effective. Let’s give them a try.
What would you add to this checklist?