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Stephen Few's Visual Business Intelligence Workshop

Taught by Nick Desbarats

For The First Time In Africa

A Public Data Visualisation Workshop

To learn how to effectively analyze, present and communicate your information.

Arusha, Tanzania     26 February - 1 March, 2018

Workshop fees

All amounts are in USD and charged PER PERSON (VAT exclusive).

  • Full fee: $2,000
  • Early Bird:* $1,600
  • Group bookings: $1,500

* Payments made on or before 31 Dec 2017

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  • The workshop is based on Stephen's three books:

    • Show Me the Numbers
          — Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten - 2 days (26 – 27 Feb, 2018)
    • Information Dashboard Design
          — Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring – 1 Day (28 Feb, 2018)
    • Now You See It
          — Visual Data Analysis – 1 Day (1 Mar, 2018).

    This workshop was originally developed by Stephen Few, of Perceptual Edge, the world’s leading thinker in data visualization. These courses are now taught by Nick Desbarats, of Practical Reporting Inc., who has been teaching Mr. Few’s courses since 2014. Nick has updated the course content for this workshop and is currently the only instructor in the world authorized to teach Stephen Few's workshops.

    No information is more important to a business than quantitative information — the numbers that measure performance, identify opportunities, and forecast the future. Most quantitative information is presented as tables and graphs. Unfortunately, most tables and graphs used in business today are poorly designed —often to the point of misinformation. The Show me the Numbers course will introduce best practices in data visualization that yield effective table and graph designs.

    Dashboards have become a very popular means to present critical business information at a glance. Technology investments, however, are not enough to guarantee success. Well-designed dashboards engage the power of human visual perception so that essential information can be consumed in an instant and with exceptional clarity. The course on Information Dashboard Design will provide visual design skills that address the unique design challenges of dashboards. These skills are not intuitive; they must be learned.

    Ninety percent of all business data analysis can be done using simple graphing techniques to discern meaningful patterns in data. The remaining 10%, which requires sophisticated statistical and financial analysis skills, are well addressed by available resources, but where are the resources that teach the skills needed by the rest of us? Even though these skills are easy to learn and apply with proper guidance, very few people involved in analyzing business data know them. The Now You See It course provides a solution. This course provides practical skills that are useful to managers at all levels and to anyone interested in keeping a keen eye on the business. Anyone who uses Excel or any of the many other tools for data analysis will learn how to use them productively, perhaps for the first time.

    Stephen Few is known for his four popular books on data visualization: Show Me the Numbers, Information Dashboard Design, Now You See It and Signal. Each attendee in this workshop will get a copy of the books Show Me the Numbers, Information Dashboard Design and Now You See It.

    Show me the Numbers

    Days 1 - 2 — Show Me the Numbers: Table and Graph Design

    The ability to design effective visual displays of data is not intuitive; it requires a set of visual design skills that must be learned. No information is more important to a business than quantitative information—the numbers that measure performance, identify opportunities, and forecast the future. Most quantitative information is presented as tables and graphs. Unfortunately, most tables and graphs used in business today are poorly designed—often to the point of misinformation. Why? Because almost no one who produces them, including specialists such as financial analysts and other report developers, have been trained in effective table and graph design. You can become an exception to this norm. Based on his book, Show Me the Numbers, Few will introduce the best practices in data presentation.

    This course provides practical instruction in table and graph design developed specifically for the needs of business. It eliminates countless hours of confusion and frustration. Following Few’s clear principles and practices, 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.

    This course covers:

    • Fundamental Challenges Of Data Presentation
    • Differing Characteristics And Uses Of Tables And Graphs
    • Seven Important Quantitative Relationships In Business Graphs
    • Visual Perception And How It Applies To Data Presentation
    • Steps In The Visual Information Design Process
    • Visual Design Methods For Highlighting Data
    • Best Practices Of Table Design
    • Effective Ways To Encode Quantitative Information Graphically
    • Matching The Right Graph To Your Data And Message
    • Component-Level Graph Design (Colors, Scales, Labels, Etc.)

    Everyone who attends this course will receive a copy of the book Show me the numbers, authored by Stephen Few.

    Information Dashboard Design

    Day 3 — Information Dashboard Design

    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, however, by applying visual design skills that address the unique design challenges of dashboards. These skills are not intuitive; they must be learned.

    During this workshop Nick Desbarats will expose the common problems in dashboard design and introduce effective design practices through examples that explain what works, what doesn’t, and why.

     

     

    This course covers:

    • Current State Of Dashboards
    • Definition And Potential Benefits Of Dashboards
    • Fundamental Goals And Challenges Of Dashboard Design
    • Thirteen Common Mistakes In Dashboard Design
    • Characteristics Of Well-Designed Dashboards
    • Steps In The Dashboard Design Process
    • Common Dashboard Information And Techniques For Enriching Its Meaning
    • Selecting Appropriate Media For Displaying The Data
    • Ideal Library Of Dashboard Display Media
    • Best Practices Of Dashboard Design
    • Fundamental Challenges Of Data Presentation

    Everyone who attends this course will receive a copy of the book Information Dashboard Design, authored by Stephen Few.

    Now you see it

    Day 4 — Now You See It: Visual Data Analysis

    Ninety percent of all business data analysis can be done using simple graphing techniques to discern meaningful patterns in data. The remaining 10%, which requires sophisticated statistical and financial analysis skills, are well addressed by available books and courses, but where are the resources that teach the skills needed by the rest of us? Even though these skills are easy to learn and apply with proper guidance, very few people involved in analyzing business data know them. This course provides a solution.

    This course is intended for all those whose work requires them to make sense of quantitative business data. This audience is much broader than financial analysts, or even analysts by any name. This course provides practical skills that are useful to managers at all levels and to anyone interested in keeping a keen eye on the business. Anyone who uses Excel or any of the many other tools used for data analysis, will learn how to use them productively, perhaps for the first time.

    You will learn to:

    • Understand Each Of The Main Types of Data Analysis Required By Organizations
    • (Time-Series, Distribution, Correlation, Etc.)
    • Use The Best Graphs, Visual Analysis Techniques, And Practices For Analyzing Each Type Of Quantitative Relationship
    • Recognize The Visual Characteristics Of Data That Are Meaningful
    • Navigate Through Data Analytically And Efficiently
    • Apply The Findings Of Information Visualization Research To The Analysis Of Business Data
    • Current State Of Dashboards

    This course covers:

    • An Introduction To Visual Data Analysis
    • The Traits Of Top Data Analysts
    • The Best Data For Meaningful Analysis
    • Visual Perception And Data Visualization
    • Visual Characteristics To Look For In The Data
    • 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
    • Analytical navigation
    • The critical contributions from the information visualization research community

    Everyone who attends this course will receive a copy of the book Now you See it - Visual Data Analysis, authored by Stephen Few.

    Meet our presenter

    Nick Desbarats

    For over 20 years, Nick has been designing information displays that enable senior decision-makers to make better, more data-driven decisions based on potentially large amounts of data, and to do so in less time and with less effort. He has extensive knowledge of data visualization, dashboard design, cognition and cognitive biases, perception, memory and learning, software design and development, and product management.

    As an independent data visualization educator and consultant, Nick has taught data visualization and information dashboard design to over 1,000 professionals in eight countries at organizations such as NASA, Bloomberg, The Central Bank of Tanzania, Northwestern Mutual, The United Nations, Marathon Oil and Teradata, among others. In 2014, Nick became the first and only educator to be authorized by Stephen Few to deliver his foundational data visualization and dashboard design workshops, and he's a contributor to Steve's widely read Perceptual Edge blog. Nick also frequently consults for large and mid-sized private, public and non-profit organizations, designing custom information dashboards for senior decision-makers and other roles.

    Nick has held senior management positions at three software companies and was a cofounder of BitFlash Inc., which raised over $20M in venture financing and was sold to OpenText Corporation in 2004. In 2012, Nick was granted a United States patent in the decision-support field.

    Terms And Conditions Of Registering

    • Cancellation of registration must be made in writing to info@skayconsulting.com no later than 30 business days before course begins. Late cancellations (or no-show) will not be refunded.
    • You may make substitutions at any time prior to the workshop. No substitutions can be accepted after the workshop start.
    • Skay Consulting reserves the right to alter dates and/or times of the workshop if registration criteria are not met or if conditions beyond its control occur. All efforts will be made to contact each attendee if changes occur. If the program is not held for any reason, Skay Consulting’s liability is limited to the workshop fee only.
    • To qualify for the Early Bird rate we must receive your registration and payment on or before the Early Bird dates indicated.
    • The group discount is for 4 or more people from the same company/organisation in the same booking.

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