Ann Jackson

2020 Week 2: Can you build a beautiful and dynamic bar chart?

Introduction Happy New Year!  I’m excited to be back for yet another year of Workout Wednesday.  This year we’ve expanded the team and made a commitment to the community to provide solution videos.  We’ve also got some great collaborations lined up, and a few exciting enhancements to come (custom color palette anyone?)! To get the …

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Week 48: Can you build a Bar Chart that automatically combines small contributions?

How much information have you retained from Tableau Conference 2019?  Are you still watching session videos (like I am?).  This challenge is an homage to the amazing conference from this year. The challenge comes from something I encountered in a recent work situation.  The end-user wanted to be able to automatically group together small contributing …

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Week 44: Can you build a Sales Calendar with top 3 highlighting?

This week’s workout comes from a recent conversation I had.  The goal was to figure out the best periods of sales (whether that was best days, best weeks, or best months) and to understand more context around those dates.  Was the increase in sales driven by holidays or other external events, or perhaps it was …

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Week 42: Can you build a comparative line chart with dynamic inputs?

This week’s challenge is taken directly from a situation I recently had on a project.  The goal of the project was to be able to isolate out time periods of a specific length and compare it to the time period directly before it.  So as an example, if it’s October 2019, I want to look …

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Week 38: Can you build a sales comparison chart with performance indicators?

This week I’m tackling a topic that nearly everyone has been asked – visualizing good/bad as performance indicators that are red or green.  At least here in the western world, the busy executive tends to think about things in terms of traffic lights.  So this week your task is to create something that satisfies their …

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Week 34: Can You Build a Top N Bar Chart on a Single Worksheet?

We’re in week 3 of Community Contributor Month.  This week’s challenge is brought to us by Jeffrey Shaffer.  Jeffrey is a 4 time Tableau Zen Master, co-author of The Big Book of Dashboards, and maintains several websites (including must-bookmark TableauReferenceGuide.com). So where did the challenge come from?  Here it is in Jeff’s own words: This …

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Week 30: Creating a Navigating KPI Block

If your schedule is anything like mine, then you’re probably enjoying the summer months – using vacation time, nicer weather, summer holidays, and a generally more relaxed schedule.  To help keep that vibe going, this week I’m challenging you to a very straightforward build.  This is an extremely simplified version of something I recently built …

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2019 Week 21: Profitability & Sales Dot Plot

One of my favorite chart types is a dot plot/strip plot.  There’s something really special about dots displayed across a single horizontal or vertical axis.  They tend to work really well when you’re showing a lot of data and have the advantage of being able to compare spread and density across different categories within a …

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