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PRACTICAL DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE

The only real-world data visualization course you need to understand how to transform data into impactful and valuable dashboards to make business impact.

CREATE VALUE-FOCUSED VISUALIZATIONS THAT ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS & DRIVE ACTION

  • Focus on value and business impact
  • Never struggle with chart selection again 
  • Consistently design appealing dashboards and visuals
  • Applies to Power BI, Tableau, and Qlik
  • Just follow the four-step process!

Nicholas Kelly, Ex-Deloitte Data Visualization Senior Manager

ABOUT THIS DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE

There are many reasons why data visualizations fail to make an impact and become widely adopted. Stakeholders are often misaligned or they don't know what they really need. We can miss the mark with our dashboards by not realizing value and making business impact. 

The challenge with business intelligence and analytics today is that much of that value is left on the table. Failure to leverage methodologies such as optimal chart selection, proper use of color, storytelling and other data visualization best practices greatly increase the risk of user disengagement and stakeholder frustration.

This data visualization course takes participants through a comprehensive journey of how data visualization can transform their data into powerful and valued visual interfaces for action and behavioral change. This knowledge is covered both through theory and reenforced through case studies and practical examples.

DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Identify the key components of visualization
  • Drive action and value with visuals, focus on the "so what?"
  • Understand human perception and visual cues
  • Leverage approaches to optimal visualization selection
  • Dashboard storytelling and scenario mapping
  • Follow a process to produce consistent high impact visuals
  • Adapt UI/UX principles for data visualization application

PRACTICAL DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE CONTENT AND TOPICS

This course is different to other courses on data visualization for two main reasons. Firstly, everything that is covered in the theory is applied to a real-world example throughout the course, so you can see how it actually works in a practical application. Secondly, it was created by a data visualization consultant, former Big 4 Senior Manager, who applies these principles on a daily basis in the fast-paced real world of the enterprise.

The program covers the material in four areas:

DATA VISUALIZATION FUNDAMENTALS

Definition, visual cues, measurement scales, context, standards, data-to-ink ratio, color, accessibility.

DASHBOARD DESIGN

Value focus, persona design, business questions, KPI design, filter selection, design criteria, narrative arc, story.

DATA VISUALIZATION METHODOLOGIES

Visualization types, proportions, comparisons, relationships, time and trends, patterns, chart selection.

PRACTICAL CASE STUDY & APPLICATION

Before and after makeover examples, real-world case studies, practical application of the principles.

Format

Online course with lifetime access. 

Shareable Certificate

Earn a certificate from Delivering Data Analytics upon completion

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COURSE CURRICULUM

The course contains over 40 high quality 4K videos that include both the theory and the practical application in a case study. This is structured across four modules with the concepts are introduced at the start of the module and then applied to the case study at the end of the module.

Introduction

An overview of the course and how to make the most out of it. This module includes 6 videos and 1 quiz.

  • Course Overview
  • Your Instructor
  • What it is & Who it is For
  • What to Expect
  • What You Need
  • Quiz and Assessments

Human Perception

Understand the basics of how humans perceive and process visual information and how to take advantage of those principles for data visualization. This module includes 7 videos and 1 quiz.

  • Module Introduction
  • The Data Viz Quiz Answers
  • Visual Cues
  • Color and Font
  • Quantitative Measurement
  • The Data to Ink Ratio
  • Case Study Application

Data Visualization Best Practices

Understand how to use the various chart types and KPIs to always pick the right visualization. This module includes 9 videos and 1 quiz.

  • Module Introduction
  • The Elements of a Visualization
  • Primary Types of Visualization
  • Chart Categories
  • The Top 3 Chart Types & Variations
  • Secondary Chart Types
  • Picking the Right Chart
  • Common Visualization Mistakes to Avoid
  • Case Study Application

Adding Human Context

Learn how visualizations only become impactful when human context is added and delivers the "so what?" and business value. This module includes 69 videos and 1 quiz.

  • Module Introduction
  • Why Visualizations Fail - The Human Confection
  • Bringing Together Business and Human Context
  • Understanding Personas
  • Visualization Value Alignment
  • The Importance of Chart Titles
  • How to Use Filters
  • Application of Meaning to Color
  • Case Study Application

Application of Design

Learn the principles of UI and UX best practices and how to apply them to visualization and dashboard interfaces. This module includes 8 videos and 1 quiz.

  • Module Introduction
  • Principles of User Interface Design
  • UI Design Applied to Data Visualization
  • Dashboard Layouts and Structures
  • Wireframing
  • Chart Patterns
  • Color and Brand Alignment
  • Case Study Application

SAMPLE LESSON

TAKEN FROM THE PRACTICAL DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE, MODULE 1 - HUMAN PERCPETION

THE DATA-TO-INK RATIO

MAXIMIZE THE DATA-TO-INK RATIO

Originally defined by Edward Tufte, in his book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, the ratio seeks to use most of the "ink" of a chart to show the data and minimize the ink used to display the rest of the visual, i.e. anything that is not directly showing data.

Get a Free Printable Course Template for Picking the Right Chart

Always pick the right charts and graphs for your dashboard with this printable template.

Practical Data Visualization Course Chart Guide

LEARN THROUGH A CASE STUDY

Follow the journey of BlockDuster Inc. as they transform their insights from a stale and low-value dashboard to an actionable and strategically impactful dashboard. Through each module of the course, see how the dashboard is transformed, step-by-step.

Check out our article on the 12 Best Charts and Graphs for Data Visualization.

BEFORE

THE CASE STUDY AT THE START OF MODULE 1

No standards, inconsistent, confusing, no call to action, to much clicking, scrolling, many filters, a mess!!

Practical Data Visualization Course Case Study Before

AFTER

THE CASE STUDY AT THE END OF MODULE 4

Designed for humans, data visualization standards applied, drives action, UI/UX best practices, valuable!

Practical Data Visualization Course Case Study After

MEET NICHOLAS KELLY, YOUR DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Nicholas (LinkedIn profile) is not your typical instructor, that might have great theory but lacks the real-world experience that grounds the material in reality. Nick has lived and breathed the reality of failed data projects. He has been a Big 4 consultant to the world’s largest organizations helping them to act on their data in a career that spans from Ireland to Singapore and the USA.

From enterprise-grade operations dashboards for global banks with 200,000+ employees to intense demand, highly actionable, metrics delivery for Formula 1 drivers, he has developed a winning process for ensuring companies get ROI on their data via insight and behavioral change.

He is the creator of the Enterprise Dashboard Process, invented the Dashboard Wireframe Kit and the award-winning boardgame approach to BI requirements intake, the Dashboard Requirements Kit.

Practical Data Visualization Course - Nicholas Kelly

Nick has worked for many years in the analytics field, both inside and outside of Deloitte. His work has been consistently underpinned by two core themes – making the insights you and your company can get from data accessible through well thought out and intuitive visual assets; and integrating those visual assets (such as dynamic dashboards) with existing platforms and processes to help business leaders take action on the insights.

Analytics is as much an art as it is a science and Nick has a unique ability to bridge the gap between data science, digital and the generation of measurable, tangible business value. And all with an energetic approach and sprinkle of Irish charm!

Natalie Williams

ANALYTICS PARTNER | Deloitte

PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE BOOK DELIVERING DATA ANALYTICS

The course takes a deep dive into the topics covered in the newly-released book by Nicholas Kelly: Delivering Data Analytics - A Step-By-Step Guide to Driving Adoption of Business Intelligence From Planning to Launch.


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I would just like to thank Nick for such an amazing course! I have been in the analytics field for almost 10 years and the content Nick provided was very helpful. I have pages of notes! What I loved most about this course was Nick’s emphasis on using people and process to create a narrative and drive adoption with your dashboards. So much useful and actionable information to take away from this! Thank you

Jeffrey Stevenson

McKesson

Nick is by far the most advanced and innovative thinker in visualization I have met. He has an amazing sense of humor and his ability to connect data and people together to tell a story gives the edge to every project.



Abhinandan Mandhana

Vice President, Automation and Analytics | Bank of America

Nick is one of the most passionate and customer obsessed Analytics leaders that I have had the privilege to work with. He truly understands both the human motivation and the technical blockers to unlocking business insight. His depth of understanding in visual analytics and change regarding data is second to none! 

Travis Jones

Senior Vice President of North America | Logic20/20, Inc.

THIS DATA VISUALIZATION COURSE IS TECHNOLOGY AGNOSTIC

The approach in the course applies to all the modern business intelligence platforms.

Applies to

Qlik Sense

Practical Data Visualization Course Qlik

Applies to

Power BI

Practical Data Visualization Course Power Bi

Applies to

Tableau

Practical Data Visualization Course Tableau

The wireframe templates in the course also support QlikView, SiSense, ThoughtSpot and any grid-based visualization technology.

WHAT DO PAST DATA VISULIZATION COURSE ATTENDEES SAY?

'Ridiculously effective’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Nick’s Enterprise Dashboard Process. His program gave my team a scalable and repeatable process to deliver ACTIONABLE insight that truly adds value to the company. He has a crazy amount of experience, giving him a wealth of knowledge about what works and what doesn’t. We’re much more confident in the product we deliver thanks to Nick’s process.

Jesse Foley

Busuness intelligence analyst

Nick's training on building better dashboards has been instrumental in helping McKee Foods get on the road from good to great visualizations. The ingredient we were missing was that we needed to create a system to successfully create higher dashboard adoption rates. We now have a more engaged stakeholder group and more user relevant dashboards. I recommend anyone seeking to become the best visual data storyteller in the industry to try Nick's training. It will be money well spent!

Also Castellanos

Category & Shopper Insights Strategist

The course was so great! I learned a lot and really appreciated applying the thinking and activities directly to my work. It was packed full of content and I know I will be able to use in my job right away. Thank you!

Kelly Booth

Business Data Analyst

The dashboarding process that Nick has outlined and detailed in his training will prepare your organization to plan and execute a dashboard that adds tremendous value. I have seen failed dash boarding attempts at my company and Nick’s well planned approach aligns everyone to the same successful implementation. The training was the most comprehensive and complete dash boarding exercise I have seen in our industry.

Christopher Rice

Director Marketing Research & Analytics

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