Stephen Few’s foundational course will teach you best practices that will enable you to effectively communicate quantitative business data using tables and graphs.
Each participant will receive a copy of Stephen Few’s book Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten, Second Edition.
When designed well, dashboards engage the power of visual perception to communicate a dense collection of information efficiently, and with exceptional clarity. This course will teach you how this can be achieved by applying visual design skills that address the unique challenges of dashboards.
At the end of the workshop, each participant will receive a copy of Stephen Few’s book, Information Dashboard Design: Displaying data for at-a-glance monitoring, on which the workshop is based.
Nick Desbarats has 20 years of experience designing innovative reporting systems and applications that enable senior decision-makers to make better, faster decisions based on large quantities of data. He has trained over 1,000 professionals in ten countries in data visualization and information dashboard design.
Recent clients include NASA, Bloomberg, Hershey’s, IMS Health, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC), Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), Canadian Payments Association, Crescent Point Energy Canada, Government of Canada, KPMG, Teradata, VISA, and Zurich Insurance.
First and only educator authorized to teach Stephen Few’s Perceptual Edge workshops.
Founder or co-founder of three enterprise software companies including BitFlash Inc., which raised over $20MM in venture financing and was acquired by OpenText Corp in 2004.Deep expertise in data visualization, information dashboard design, cognition and cognitive biases, perception, judgement, decision-making, software design and development processes.
Featured speaker at major conferences (CTIA, JavaOne, GSM World). USPTO decision-support patent granted in 2012.
When decisions have major consequences, clarity matters a lot. During my time as the Manager of Contractor Support for NASA’s Flight Safety Office, Nick’s workshops were instrumental in helping us learn how to use visual design to bring clarity to our graphs, tables, reports, and, ultimately, to NASA’s decisional options. The combination of Stephen Few’s inspired material and Nick’s dynamic teaching style worked for us. It will work for your organization too.”
– Bill Wood, STAR Group Solutions, LLC (formerly Manager of Contractor Support, NASA Flight Safety Office)
“Being a consulting company, we create tables, graphs, and dashboards as an intrinsic part of almost every client engagement. However, our design decisions were left to each employee’s personal intuitions with very uneven results and, more importantly, we had no common set of best practices to use in order to provide useful feedback to our peers on how to improve their visualizations. Nick’s workshop helped make our people aware of the many common mistakes that people make when designing tables, graphs, and dashboards, and gave us the necessary base of knowledge to look at our client deliverables much more critically. His direct, hands-on experience makes his workshops especially impactful, as he is able to relate concepts to real-life scenarios. That was a real differentiator for us and quickly converted the few initial skeptics among our group.”
– Nic Picard, Principal Consultant, IBB Consulting Group
Anyone who creates tables and graphs as a regular part of their work, including business and financial analysts, business intelligence and data analysts, executives, project managers, software developers, user experience designers, as well as human resources, marketing, sales, operations and finance professionals. Other professionals, such as researchers, journalists, health care professionals and educators will also benefit. Those who are responsible for creating information dashboards for users within or outside of their organization will also benefit.
No prior technical or data visualization knowledge is required. Experienced analysts will also benefit from the workshop since having deep data analysis expertise does not necessarily mean that an analyst has mastered the skills necessary to communicate data effectively to others.
The workshop consists of engaging, interactive presentation segments that feature real-world and fictional graph examples, interleaved with ten group exercises and discussions. Best practices are demonstrated, not just stated, so that audiences understand not just what the best practices are, but also why they yield visualizations and dashboards that are clearer and easier for audiences to understand. No computers or software are used.
Training and all materials for 3 day workshop:
Food and beverages:
Two Stephen Few books:
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