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A smart dashboard will revolutionise your project delivery!

If you’re already using project controls dashboards to help you deliver your project’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), you’ll know that they can be highly effective in communicating the right information to the right people within your team at the right time. But have you considered using a Smart Dashboard instead?

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Defining and developing the right set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for your project is one of the key steps to ensuring successful project performance and delivery. But that’s just the start. Communicating the right KPIs to the right people at the right time in the lifespan of the project is ultimately what drives success. So how can you achieve this quickly and easily?

Using a project controls dashboard is a great way for teams to dip into and understand project information at a glance. Dashboards are highly visual, displaying information graphically through charts, tables and graphs. Such visual displays can make the information more intuitive and easier to understand. It’s true that a picture can paint a thousand words!

Don’t over-complicate it

However, mistakes can be made, when too much information is included in a dashboard. Making it too complicated can lead to information overload and reduce the visual impact of the dashboard. Then your team are back to square one and can struggle to extract the right data that they need.

Make them interactive

Instead, why not consider an interactive dashboard? When teamed up with some of the new business intelligence software, these become smart dashboards and they can revolutionise the way your team works!

A smart dashboard is easy to use and allows pretty much anyone in your team to analyse data relevant to them. By drilling down into the data, they can answer their questions quickly and easily.

Engage with the data

More importantly, a great smart dashboard will allow users to engage with the data, rather than simply providing it in a visual format. Making it easy for the user to interact with the data is, at the end of the day, a much more useful way of them getting the answers they need.

One metre rule

The dashboard’s design is also important to help you enhance the data’s meaning and enable it to be easily read and understood. I always apply the one metre rule: if I can’t stand a metre away from the dashboard and understand what it’s telling me, it’s not working for me!

Identify trends and non-effective processes

A smart dashboard can also be used to identify trends in your data and predict issues before they arise. Similarly, it can help you wheedle out non-effective processes and procedures – if you find something you don’t need to report on, ask whether you really need the process itself and, if not, get rid of it.

Helping your team to better efficiency

Having the most critical information visible, connected in real-time and tailored to the needs of the user will help a project run more smoothly, be delivered on time and within budget.

Because of its visual, interactive nature, a smart dashboard will enable your users to recognise at a glance where attention is needed, react to it and see the results of their actions clearly and easily.

By keeping it simple and targeting only the areas crucial to your business, a smart dashboard will allow you to drive performance and change the parameters of your project as needed at each stage. This way, you’ll be able to save time and effort and improve efficiency across your projects and your business as a whole.

Want to know more?

I would love to speak to you further about how ProCon Partners can help you with the use of smart dashboards. Please contact me or call 0117 975 8670 to arrange a free, no obligation call to discuss how we can help you.

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