Monitorama BAL 2019: Dashboard Renaissance – How dashboards work and how to improve them

There are lots of rad tools for monitoring and observability. The humble dashboard facilitates drawing insights from these tools. To that end, we need to think hard about how they are designed! When was the last time you looked at _your_ dashboards with a critical eye to improvement?
I set out to research the venerable dashboard and, using techniques from the likes of Edward Tufte and Stephen Few, I’ve learned how to make the best dashboards! We’ll talk design, choice of metrics, how to choose visualizations, ways to improve comprehension, and how to get that last mile into *why* a chart looks the way it does. In the end, you’ll have a bunch of great ways to improve your own dashboards at home!
It’s time for a dashboard renaissance!