Bullet Graphs: Essential Elements for Executive Dashboards
Bullet Graphs are easy to interpret and convey much more information than traditional tools using substantially less screen real estate. Bullet Graphs are the perfect element to add to Business Intelligence Dashboards to call attention to the status of Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
Bullet Graphs were developed by information visualization design expert Stephen Few. He created them to replace speedometers and gauges in executive BI Dashboards. They display information about a single quantitative measure like year-to-date revenue along with complementary measures to enrich the meaning of the featured parameter. The linear design of the Bullet Graph gives it a very small footprint and makes them much easier to understand quickly than radial meters.
See your KPI's — updated in real time!
As with all of our information visualizations, our Bullet Graphs are real-time — they respond instantly to changes in the underlying data. You can feed them with any combination of historical data, calculated results and/or real-time data streams from message queues or other sources.
The Bullet Graph consists of these components:
- Text label
- A quantitative scale along a single linear axis
- The featured performance measure
- A comparative measure for reference purposes
Add Bullet Graphs to your embedded analytical dashboards
Our clients find Bullet Graphs useful in a wide variety of use cases and are almost always included in information dashboards intended to provide quick overviews of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). They take no time at all to understand and require no training. Their ability to highlight a single measure and simultaneously compare the status of a KPI with related factors make them invaluable in many deployments.
Horizontal or vertical orientation
You can orient your Bullet Graphs horizontally or vertically and you can use several of them together to give users accurate information on several related KPIs at the same time. If you are designing an Executive BI Dashboard for Business Performance Management (BPM) or for monitoring and analyzing the performance of sales, marketing or other systems, Bullet Graphs will help you convey critical information to your users effectively. They require no training and are easy to read at a glance.