October 25, 2014

Visual BI Workshop with Stephen Few, March 25-27 2013 (Singapore)

Learn How to Effectively Present and Analyse Quantitative Business Data

For the first time in Asia, Stephen Few will be presenting his Visual Business Intelligence Workshop in Singapore from the 25th to the 27th of March 2013. Here is your opportunity to learn from the world’s foremost thought leader in Data Visualisation.

Stephen Few.

We are often overwhelmed by information, not because there is too much, but because we don’t know how to tame it.

Computers speed the process of information handling, but they don’t tell us what the information means or how to communicate its meaning to decision makers. These skills are not intuitive; they rely largely on analysis and presentation skills that must be learned.

Stephen’s insights and material on effective analysis and presentation are based upon the research completed for his three books:

 

 

Here’s an outline of what will be covered during this 3-day workshop:

Day 1: Show Me the Numbers. Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten.

Information Dashboard Design
– Stephen Few.

Stephen will provide practical instruction in table and graph design specifically for the needs of business.

Day 2: Information Dashboard Design. Creating Dashboards for At-a-Glance Monitoring.

Dashboards have become a popular means to present critical business information at a glance, but few do so effectively. You will learn the skills to communicate a dense collection of information on a Dashboard in an instant.

Day 3: Now You See It. Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis.

Ninety percent of all business data analysis can be carried out using simple graphing techniques. Even though these skills are easy to learn and apply very few people involved in analysing business data know them.

This course provides practical skills for analysis that is useful to managers at all levels and to anyone interested in keeping an eye on the business.

Who Should Attend the Visual Business Intelligence Workshop?

Now You See It
– Stephen Few.

This course is designed for anyone who has a need to present or analyse data, including:

  • Managers and business analysts
  • Business intelligence developers
  • Application developers
  • Data analysts
  • Usability experts

Course Details

Visual Business Intelligence Workshop

March 25-27, 2013

Hilton, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore

 

Early Bird rate expires 5pm, 31 January 2013

 

 

Visual Business Intelligence Workshop Outline

Show Me The Numbers
– Stephen Few.

DAY 1: Show Me the Numbers. Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten.

This day provides practical instruction in table and graph design developed specifically for the needs of business. It will alleviate countless hours of confusion and frustration. Following Stephen Few’s clear precepts, communicated through examples of what works, what doesn’t, and why, you will learn to design tables and graphs that present data clearly and drive your message home.

Topics covered include:
1. The current state and challenges of data presentation
2. Introduction to table and graph design
• The two fundamental challenges of data presentation
• The characteristics of quantitative information
• The differing characteristics and uses of tables and graphs
• The seven common quantitative relationships in business graphs
• Visual perception and how it applies to data presentation
• Steps in the visual design process
• Visual design methods for highlighting data
3. Table design
4. Graph design
• Visual objects used to encode values in graphs, including the best uses of each
• Matching the right visual encoding objects to the seven fundamental quantitative relationships in graphs
• Graph design at the component level

DAY 2: Information Dashboard Design. Creating Dashboards for at-a-Glance Monitoring.

Dashboards have become a popular means to present critical business information at a glance, but few do so effectively. Huge investments are made in Information Technology to produce actionable information, only to have it robbed of meaning at the very last stage of the process: the presentation of insights to those responsible for making decisions.

When designed well, dashboards engage the power of visual perception to communicate a dense collection of information in an instant with exceptional clarity. This can only be achieved by applying visual design skills that address the unique design challenges of dashboards. These skills are not intuitive; they must be learned.

Topics covered include:
1. The current state of dashboards
2. The definition and potential benefits of dashboards
3. The fundamental challenges of dashboard design
4. The 13 common mistakes in dashboard design
5. The characteristics of well-designed dashboards
6. Steps in the dashboard design process
7. Common dashboard information and techniques for enriching its meaning
8. Selecting appropriate media for displaying the data
9. An ideal library of dashboard display mechanisms
10. The best practices of dashboard design

DAY 3: Now You See it. Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis.

Ninety percent of all business data analysis can be done using simple graphing techniques. Even though these skills are easy to learn and apply with proper guidance, very few people involved in analysing business data know them.

This course is intended for all those whose work requires them to make sense of quantitative business data, and will provide practical skills that are useful to managers at all levels and to anyone interested in keeping an eye on the business.

Anyone who uses Excel or any of the many other business productivity tools used for data access, analysis and reporting, will learn how to use them productively, perhaps for the first time.

Topics covered include:
1. An introduction to visual data analysis
2. The traits of top data analysts
3. The best data for meaningful analysis
4. Visual perception and data visualization
5. Visual characteristics to look for in the data
6. Quantitative business analysis techniques by type
• Analyzing time series
• Analyzing rankings and parts-to-whole
• Analyzing deviations
• Analyzing distributions
• Analyzing correlations
• Analyzing multivariate profiles
• Analyzing geo-spatial data
7. Analytical navigation
8. The critical contributions from the information visualization research community

 

 

Stephen Few, Perceptual Edge

Perceptual Edge is a consultancy that was established to help organizations like yours learn to design simple information displays for effective analysis and communication.

Perceptual Edge was founded by Stephen Few, in 2003. With 25 years of experience as an innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of business intelligence and information design, Stephen is now a leading expert, researcher and educator in data visualisation for data sense-making and communication.