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CP044: My first dashboard was a failure!!!



In the 44th session of Chandoo.org podcast, let’s talk about failures.

My first dashboard was a failure and what did I learn from it - making awesome dashboards - Chandoo.org podcast - session 44

What is in this session?

In this podcast,

  • Book announcement about Dashboards for Excel
  • Story of my first ever dashboard
  • Important lessons – Requirement Analysis for dashboards
  • Resources for creating awesome dashboards
    • Podcasts
    • Books
    • Courses

Listen to this session

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Resources to make awesome dashboards

Podcast episodes:

Books on Dashboards:


Excel School, is a comprehensive online course to help you become awesome in all aspects of data analysis, visualization, interactive workbooks, dashboard reporting and automation.


In this course, you will learn to:

  • Analyze data using simple & advanced formulas in Excel
  • Structure & process large volumes of data quickly using tables & pivot tables
  • Present information using charts, interactive & dynamic charts and complex charts
  • Create dashboards using 8 in-depth tutorials & case studies
  • Make gorgeous workbooks using conditional formatting, color & font choices and more
  • Develop workbooks faster: using my favorite tricks and productivity hacks

Please click here to know more about Excel School and enroll

Transcript of this session:

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Help our community & me learn more by sharing your mistakes

It’s your turn. Share the mistakes you made during data analysis, dashboard preparation or automation projects. Let’s all learn from these and become stronger.


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9 Responses to “CP044: My first dashboard was a failure!!!”

  1. Oz says:

    CONGRATS on the book!

    Thanks for this podcast. It's great to hear about your disaster and recovery. It's a reminder that we're all human. None of this skill came easily.

  2. Din Muhammad Samimi says:

    Hey chandoo
    this really a good lesson learned
    but as I have already stated in one of my previous email that it would be more helpful for us if you could release videos of your classes for us

  3. Nafi says:

    The article gave me motivation, especially you describing the terrible disaster that you faced but how to get back from the setbacks. Thanks for that, but with video this will be more fun.

  4. Amankwah says:

    You always motivate me with respect of the tools in excel. How we can really exploit it to the fullest. Thanks very much

  5. Juan says:

    Thank you very much, Chandoo, for your excellent lessons, I am anxious to learn so valuable tips and tricks from you, keep up the great job!
    I truly appreciate the transcripts of the podcasts, because as a speaker of English as a second language, it allows me to fully understand the material. It'd be great if you can add transcripts to your online courses too, I am sure people will welcome this feature.

  6. David Evans says:

    Dashboards for Excel has arrived in Laguna Beach, CA! Thanks!

    Now I need to make time to "learn and inwardly digest" its contents as one of my high school teachers would admonish us!

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