Administrators: Dashboard Design Tips
When designing a dashboard, use the following guidelines:
Provide enough space for gadgets. Configure
and position your gadgets to provide enough space to display properly
in the dashboard.
Avoid scroll bars. The
best designed dashboards show all of the important Information without
requiring the use of scroll bars. If scrolling is required, place
the most important information and indicators in the most significant
locations of the dashboard, either close to the top left corner
or near the center of the dashboard.
Design for different screen resolutions. The
PMF Dashboard Designer enables you to design for any target screen
resolution, but cannot automatically reconfigure and deploy your
dashboard design to a lower resolution screen. Make sure you know
the target resolutions your consumers will be using, and design
alternate versions of the dashboards as needed.
Mix contexts so users can see everything. Where
possible, avoid requiring users to switch flags or options to see
all of the data that is important to them. PMF enables you to configure
each dashboard by owner, scorecard, or gadget, so you can point
different gadgets to different contexts and avoid making users perform unnecessary
Appropriate metrics. PMF
can automatically detect and display valid metrics for each dashboard
and scorecard. However, because PMF cannot select the most appropriate
metric to display for a scorecard, you should set up appropriate default
metrics for each scorecard.