Dashboard Chart Example 1 - Condo Project

 
The Condo Project dashboard schedule uses numeric displays, icons and symbols for easy viewing of the project's performance.
 

 

This example project management dashboard displays a significant amount of project information on a single page.  In addition to keeping the viewer up-to-date on task status, it's possible to tell 1) if the project is over-spending, 2) if there is enough money left to finish individual tasks in the project, 3) which tasks started late and 4) which tasks are scheduled to finish late.  With this information, the project manager can take corrective action to get the project back on track.

  Schedule Performance
   
Two bars are shown for each task.  For Plumbing, for example,   the two bars are shown as follows:

The bottom bar represents the baseline (original) plan, while the top bar shows the current plan. The shaded portion of the current plan bar represents the % of the task which has been complete.

   
      Start and Finish Variance Indicators - While it's easy to look at the schedule and see if a task started or finished ahead of schedule, on schedule, or late, the two columns labeled "Start Var." and Finish Var." represent Start Variance and Finish Variance.  Start Variance compares the Baseline (original) start date with the actual or currently planned start date.  A red downward pointing arrow indicates behind schedule, a green arrow indicates ahead of schedule and a yellow bar indicates on schedule.

  Pie Indicators
   
  Pie Indicators are used to show the project's % complete, the % of work remaining (100% - the % complete) and the % of $ (money) remaining.
   

  Enough $ Left?
   
      Stoplight Indicator (Red, Yellow, Green)

The column titled Enough $ Left shows "At-A-Glance" if a task is over-spending.  Green indicates there is no problem, while Yellow indicates money is tight.  Red indicates all money for the task has been spent.