2008 Visual Business Intelligence Workshops

In June of 2007, I offered my data visualization courses to the general public in the United States for the first time. My courses are usually taught privately to organizations, at conferences, and at the University of California, Berkeley. Those who wish to attend, but can’t muster enough people for private courses and don’t want to attend an entire conference, can now attend one of my public workshops. In 2008, I will be offering two public workshops: one in Boston from June 24-26 and one in San Francisco from October 7-9.

The 2008 East Coast Visual Business Intelligence Workshop and the 2008 West Coast Visual Business Intelligence Workshop are designed for those who find themselves buried in numbers (statistics), struggling to understand what they mean and then present their findings to decision makers. Three separate courses will be offered at each workshop:

Table and Graph Design for Effective Communication

Dashboard Design for at-a-Glance Monitoring

Visual Data Analysis for Discovery and Understanding

Table and Graph Design for Effective Communication

The ability to communicate quantitative information effectively is not intuitive; it requires a set of skills that must be learned. Most quantitative information is presented in tables and graphs. Unfortunately, most are poorly designed—often to the point of misinformation. Why? Because almost no one, including specialists such as financial analysts and business intelligence professionals, have been trained in effective chart design. Based on my book, Show Me the Numbers, I teach practical methods for presenting data accurately, clearly, and compellingly.

Dashboard Design for at-a-Glance Monitoring

Dashboard design is a timely topic. Dashboards—single screen displays of the most important information people must monitor to do their jobs—have become a popular means to rapidly assess what’s going on. Despite their potential, however, most dashboards perform poorly, because they present information poorly. As the author of Information Dashboard Design, I know this topic well and teach simple design practices that enable dashboards to communicate clearly and meaningfully, at a glance.

Visual Data Analysis for Discovery and Understanding

Before you can present information effectively, you must understand it. Ninety percent of all business data analysis can be done using simple graphing techniques to discern meaningful patterns. These skills are easy to learn and apply with proper guidance and good software, but few people know them. This course will get you started.

To register for the workshop or to learn more about it, you may visit the Workshops page or call (510) 558-7400.

Take care,


5 Comments on “2008 Visual Business Intelligence Workshops”

By Jacques Warren. January 6th, 2008 at 9:00 am

Hi Stephen,

I flew all the way from Montreal, Canada, last year to attend your first general public class. As an indepedent consultant, all the money came from my own pocket, and I must say that your event was worth every penny!

Your seminar had an immediate impact on my work, and I applied what I learned the week after in a dashboard project. The clients were blown away.

I encourage anyone involved in analytics and dashboarding to attend your workshop.

All the best.

By Paul Rigby. January 15th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Hi Stephen,

Since you have taken the plunge to offer your courses to the general public, why not go all the way and venture outside the US, why not come to Europe?

Keep up the good work

By Stephen Few. January 15th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Hi Paul,

Actually, I’ve taught courses in Europe several times during the last few years. I teach all three courses in Rome at least once a year. My next visit will be in May. Last year I also taught two courses in Switzerland for the Swiss Statistical Society (participation was not restricted to statisticians). I would definitely consider offering my courses elsewhere in Europe, but would need an organization in that country to organize and manage the event. If you have a location and an organization in mind, I would welcome your suggestion.

By ExcelPro的图表博客. July 23rd, 2008 at 12:20 am

when do you give a course in china ? I like your book so much

By Stephen Few. July 23rd, 2008 at 9:51 am

I’m certainly open to offering my workshop anywhere in the world. If an organization that is set up to manage such an event in China invites me to teach there, I will welcome the opportunity.