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Very clear step-by-step learning to present clear reports
on 11 February 2012
Part of my job is decision support for the business and I wanted to learn how to present graphic information more clearly. In fact the book's turned out to be much more useful than that, in the sense that in the process of learning how to display information clearly I've had to work and re-work what was really worth showing in the first place.
The other benefit is that it's helped me see that tables have a good place in all of this. Previous to that I had intended to display as much reporting information in graphical form to make it clear enough and to have enough impact. It must have been too many years of trying to decipher reports jam-packed with data that was a bain to work through to figure out what's going on. After reading the book, I've left half of a one-pager KPI report in the form of tables which are now properly presented with a minimum of shading/colouring gimmicks and designed to focus on the key figures using a variety of subtle tools (what the author calls pre-attentive visual attributes).
Another reviewer has already commented that he had substantially changed his reports after reading this book. The same thing has happened for me - the version now is unrecognisable compared to early ones and needless to say much quicker for readers to understand. I think we owe it to our recipients to go that last mile and work out how to present our information as clearly as possible - and this book does a great job in helping to do just that.