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Originally a dashboard was a board used to stop mud from being dashed inside a vehicle.
According to the dictionary a dashboard is a panel under the windshield of a vehicle, containing indicator dials, compartments and control instruments.
Project managers define a dashboard as a snapshot of a project's performance.

 
   

Project managers, executives and team members need a clear view into a project's performance. With a dashboard, key project metrics can be seen at-a-glance, making it easy to identify and solve problems.

The dashboard's easily viewed summary of information keeps everyone on top of the project's progress, allowing for immediate action when specific criteria is not hitting the mark.

 
 

Dashboards use various tools to help managers get the overall picture of a project.

 
  • Dashboard Chart Controls

    • Hot Spots - allows jumps to other documents

    • Summary Expanding Indicators - allows access to detailed information.

    • Constraints - causes an action or prevents an action.

  • Dashboard Chart Numeric Displays
    • Actual Figures (Cost / Actual-Budget)

    • Calculated Amounts

      • Ratios

      • Percent Complete

      • Sums

      • Multiples

      • Variances

 
  • Dashboard Chart Icons - Depict Events
    • Individual Dates

    • Critical Elements

    • Time Phases

    • Slips

  • Dashboard Chart Graphs -Show Comparisons
    • In Bar format

    • In Line format

  • Dashboard Chart Symbols -Show Performance
    • Percent Complete

    • Stoplights

    • Company Standard Performance Indicators

  • Dashboard Chart Legend  - Key to Information on a Schedule