Designing a Landing Dashboard


These dashboards are absolutely critical to good usability of a model. Dashboards are the first contact between the end users and a model.

What SHOULD NOT be done in a landing dashboard:

  1. Display detailed instructions on how to use the model. See "Instruction Dashboard" instead.
  2. Use it for global navigation, built using text boxes and navigation buttons.
    • It will create maintenance challenges if different roles have different navigation paths.
    • It's not helpful once users know where to go.

What SHOULD be done in a landing dashboard:

  1. Display KPIs with a chart that highlights where they stand on these KPIs, and highlight gaps/errors/exceptions/warnings.
  2. A summary/aggregated view of data on a grid to support the chart. The chart should be the primary element.
  3. Short instructions on the KPIs.
  4. A link to an instruction-based dashboard that includes guidance and video links.
  5. A generic instruction to indicate that the user should open the left-side sliding panel to discover the different navigation paths.
  6. Users who perform data entry need access to the same KPIs as execs are seeing.

Landing Dashboard Example #1:  

Displays the main KPI, which the planning model allows the organization to plan.landing 01.png

Landing Dashboard Example #2:  

Provides a view on how the process is progressing against the calendar.landing 02.png

Landing Dashboard Example #3:  

Created for executives who need to focus on escalation. Provides context and a call to action (could be a planning dashboard, too).landing 03.png

The content in this article has not been evaluated for all Anaplan implementations and may not be recommended for your specific situation.
Please consult your internal administrators prior to applying any of the ideas or steps in this article.
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