Archive for February, 2008

Apgar Scores and the Sometimes Unexpected Benefits of Measuring Things

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The history of obstetrics is interesting. (Yeah, I know this is a strange opening sentence for a blog about visual business intelligence, but bear with me.) Its history even includes a bit of unexpected intrigue, such as the early history of forceps. Because forceps delivery was so wildly successful for complicated births, the London-based Frenchman [...]

Bullet Graphs for Not-to-Exceed Targets

Monday, February 4th, 2008

When I designed the bullet graph back in 2005, I did it to solve a particular problem related to dashboard displays. The graphical widgets that software vendors were providing to display single measures, such as year-to-date sales revenue, consisted mostly of circular gauges and meters, which suffered from several problems. Most of them conveyed too [...]