Dashboards

Scope of Responsibility Changes the View

I’ve been teaching a lot of data visualization workshops lately. Inevitably, when I reach the part of the day when I ask participants how they gather requirements to build a monitoring dashboard, I always get the same rote, data-analyst-centric response: … Continue reading

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Mental Models

Whenever I teach my “data visualization best practices” courses, I always include an introductory overview about mental models – an explanation of a person’s thought process about how something works in the real world. I do this because understanding mental … Continue reading

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“Time is [Not] on My Side”: Using Time Efficiently When Developing Dashboards

In 1657, the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal apologized for a very lengthy letter he had written thus: “This letter is so long only because I had no time to make it shorter.” Over 350 years later, his words … Continue reading

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The Hammock Chronicles (2016 Edition)

Long-time subscribers to this newsletter know that every August, my family and I retreat to Bustins Island in Casco Bay, Maine, where I commandeer the hammock and contemplate life (along with the inside of my eyelids). (Check out previous posts … Continue reading

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My Secret Tip for Testing Data Visualizations

This past Sunday my husband, Bret, our pup, Juno, and I headed out to Deer Island in Massachusetts Bay. We love this walk because of the fantastic views it affords of the Bay and of Boston, and because the island’s … Continue reading

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Did You Know That I’m a Champ?

I got a tough wake-up call this week when I stepped on my bathroom scale only to have it shout back at me “one at a time, please.” The evidence is undeniable: I left no burger behind during vacation, and … Continue reading

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My Dashboard For Your Bubble-Gum

I wish I had a nickel for each time a person has asked me to share an example of a good healthcare dashboard. If I did, I’d have a whole lot of nickels, which I would use to buy a … Continue reading

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For the Font of It

Dr. Fizzy McFizz at DocCartoon.com has identified the seven types of physician handwriting she encountered during her medical training. I’m not a physician, but—I’m embarrassed to admit—my handwriting fits squarely into category #7: “Had 30 Seconds to Write.” I disclose … Continue reading

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Confidence Intervals Required

Here’s what’s driving me crazy today: healthcare outcome and performance reports — especially those that display statistics such as Observed versus Expected (O/E) Mortality Ratios without showing the relevant (and utterly crucial) Confidence Intervals (CI’s). This omission should make you … Continue reading

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Small Multiples — Big Clarity

The other day I was reading about Kay Weeks, a mother of triplets and a teacher at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. Ms. Weeks guessed that her school just might be breaking a record for multiples graduating this June, … Continue reading

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