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Project Dashboard + Tweetboard = pure awesomeness!!!



I feel very happy to share this with you. Our blog reader and excel ninja Fernando sent me this in e-mail.

Project Dashboard ExamplesBased on your last post about Project Management, I did a tool to track project status at my company. I’ve included some things differently than your suggestion, and even added a Tweetboard (which turned out to be a great success – thanks a lot for the idea! 🙂 ) on another tab, to resume information about project status. I loaded it with your sample data, to protect our personal info (compliance stuff), and translated it to English (although I’m not pretty sure everything is well-translated – feel free to correct). …

All the best from Brazil! 🙂

See the implementation of the project management dashboard along with the tweetboard below:

Project Dashboard Implementation
Project Tweetboard Implementation

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Click here to download the excel workbook and see it yourself.

I have locked the file as the project dashboard is on sale. If you want an unlocked version of the dashboard template (and 23 other excel templates for better project management) click here. You can be rolling out a similar dashboard in a couple hours using the project management bundle.

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Do check out the 6 part tutorial on Project Management using Excel and Tweetboard implementations as well.

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Thank you Fernando, for sharing this with us. More success to you and all our members.


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7 Responses to “Project Dashboard + Tweetboard = pure awesomeness!!!”

  1. Dan Murray says:

    I would like to see actual hash-tagged DM tweets go out to the specific information consumers. That would be an interesting way to communicate the key daily data to interested parties.

    A Twitter-like secure application like Yammer might be a good fit with this.

    For example, how about daily tweets to selected user groups (secure) that would display sales, bookings, cash receipts, cash disbursed and a second version that would show the same info for MTD, QTD or YTD figures.

  2. Aires says:

    @Dan, it would be great. I did not taught about implementing it on this dashboard because twitter is blocked to the whole intranet here. However, there's a discussion here about how can we send these tweets to blackberries (probably through e-mail) automatically. (I'd like to see this implemented on a jabber restricted network as well, but here it'll probably not happen)

    The wrap-up versions you mentioned doesn't apply to my particular scenario, but on a sales tweetboard it would be a great tool indeed - choosing who will receive which message according to hashtags. I'll think on something, thanks for the advice. 🙂

    (Ah, btw, I'm Fernando... 🙂 )

  3. Chandoo says:

    @Dan: That is a fun idea. Instead of tightly integrating twitter functionality with a dashboard, i think it would be cool if we have a "tweet this" button that users can click after selecting a range of cells. We can easily show a dialog with the concatenated output of the selected cells and ask user to edit the text and eventually "send to twitter".

    For eg. you can select the annual sales figure cell and click on "tweet this" button upon which a dialog will show the value. Then you can pre-pend it something like "DM @boss look at our sales this year: "

    @Aires.. thanks once again.

  4. Wow it looks really good. Not sure though how much the tweet facility would help in real world project management, but certainly having a dashboard on a project should be a key deliverable when learning how to manage a project

    The other use of this is during the software development life cycle especially when you have parallel streams of development and testing going on. Using a dashboard is a quick way for everyone on the team to see where the project is at and how it all fits together.


    Susan de Sousa
    Site Editor http://www.my-project-management-expert.com

  5. Sue says:

    Hi Chandoo,
    I purchased the project management toolkit but the dashboard shown above with the imbedded scroll bars. Is it included in the project pack??


  6. XLCalibre says:

    The gantt chart section of this dashboard is similar to one I have recently created: http://xlcalibre.com/hr-dashboard-gantt-chart-traffic-light-reportIt has a similar approach with scroll bars, but has a couple of additional features. I've tried to incorporate a traffic light report element, and also allow the timescale to adjusted so that can view it by days, weeks or months.I really like the other tables that you've incorporated, I may well try to replicate them to improve my version!

  7. I am a monitoring and evaluation consultant in international development, and one of the services I offer is to help non-profits and foundations develop performance dashboards.  I often advise them to develop dashboards for ongoing programs, rather than for one-time or pilot projects, because of the time involved.  I am trying to find out from a few people how long it takes you to develop a project management dashboard, and to what extent the indicators vary from one project to the next.

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