The Ultimate Tableau Crash Course: 5 Dashboards in 5 Days

   
    

ready to rock at tableau?

Hi there! My name is Erin Daugherty. I’m a poet turned data analyst turned entrepreneur. And I love Tableau. A lot. So much so that I built this five dashboard crash course for anyone interested in kick-starting their Tableau skills. We’ll start off at the very beginning, so whether you’re brand new to Tableau or you’re looking to dust up your data viz skills, this is the series for you. Take it a dashboard a day, and before the week is over, you’ll be building beautiful, powerful visualizations. Ready to dive in? Click here to start Dashboard 1. Wanna know more about these dashboards? Just keep reading.


How It Works

A simple data set

These dashboards are all about learning to use Tableau, so we’re keeping the data set super simple. We’ve got first name data from U.S. social security cards from 1900 to 1999. Yep, I bet your name is in there! Just click here to download the CSV.

bite-size videos

Each dashboard is broken into bite-size steps. The videos are just a few minutes long. Pause, repeat, fast-forward to find the pace that’s right for you. In just a handful of videos, you’ll have created today’s dashboard.

your own workbook

This is the most important part! If you really want to build up those Tableau skills, don’t just sit back and watch. Crack open a fresh Tableau Pubic workbook of your own and build each dashboard along with me! Seriously, this is the secret sauce. You can’t learn a new language or instrument or sport by sitting on the sidelines. Roll up your sleeves and dive in! Click here to start Dashboard 1.


What You’ll Learn

yep, we’ll cover all this
getting started
  • Download Tableau Public
  • Connect to a CSV
  • Drag and drop interface
  • Discrete vs. continuous data
chart types
  • Bar chart
  • Line chart
  • Dynamic text
  • Treemap
  • Scatter plot
  • 100% stacked bar chart
  • Bubble chart
Marks card
  • Color
  • Size
  • Text
  • Detail
  • Tooltips
Tableau functions
  • Measure names and measure values
  • Adding filters
  • Highlighter vs. filter
  • Captions
  • Bins
calculations
  • Rank
  • Percent of total
  • Running total
  • Running percent of total
  • Calculated fields
  • If/then statements
  • String calculations
  • Secondary table calculations
  • 45 degree reference line
dashboard design
  • Visualization vs. dashboard
  • Fundamental design questions
  • Dashboard action filter
  • Global formatting
  • Tiled vs. floating objects

You’ve got this. Ready for today’s dashboard? Click below to start Dashboard 1.

Ready…Set…Build!