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Did you know languages develop spontaneously? This session covers how data visualization is developing into a language. Supported by the natural means of VizQL (Tableau's visual query writer), a real language is evolving from new practices in visualization. More than just 'do' or 'don't', you can take away from this session some ideas about grammar to produce more effective visualizations: No red pens or sentence diagrams required!
Some questions to be answered:
- How does placement of charts affect your dashboard?
- What 'hacks' are there in spacing that create a better viz?
- How much does color matter, and how much SHOULD it matter?
- What can fluency in this language look like?
Tableau Zen Masters Andy Kriebel and Jeffrey Shaffer will race the clock to see how many quick tips they can fit in during one jam-packed session of "speed tipping". It's like speed dating, but with Tableau Tips. Andy is well known for his Tableau Tip Tuesday series on his popular blog and Jeff has been packing in the quick tips in his recent blog series on Tableau Tips. This will be a fun and fast-paced session and you'll be sure to find some useful tips that you can use immediately in your Tableau work.
There are many custom map capabilities in Tableau including symbol maps, path maps, custom MapBox maps, and polygon maps. 2013 Tableau Iron Viz Champion, author of the 2015 Tableau Public Viz of the Year, and Zen Master, Ryan Sleeper, will walk you through how to make these maps and more. Along the way, you'll see the behind the scenes making of the" We're Not in Kansas Anymore" and "The Cost of Attending the 2015 World Series" vizzes to show how you can use these powerful features for your immediate benefit.
In 2014 PATH and the Tableau Foundation launched #VisualizeNoMalaria, an initiative to support the Zambian Ministry of Health to eliminate malaria by 2020. This session will showcase the community efforts of PATH, the volunteers including several Tableau Zen Masters, and the Tableau, Alteryx, and Mapbox communities to develop dashboards, alerts, and predictive models to support the work in Zambia. We will present a technical overview of the Tableau dashboards built to support the data pipeline, geospatial and predictive analytics using Alteryx, Mapbox, and Tableau, and VizAlerts for distributing dashboards to a variety of staff in Zambia. Come to this session to learn about this critical use case and be inspired about how you can do good with data.
Since presenting two years ago there have been some huge strides in ways to explore, derive, picture, and share key survey data insights. In this Tableau Zen Master session, we'll look at cutting edge approaches including the amazing double pivot. See how one major polling organization is pivoting both the question and the demographic data to see survey results broken down by all possible demographic combinations: - Too few survey responses: See an elegant approach to what happens when filter settings result in too few responses - The divergent lollipop chart: See this and other new approaches to showing displaying sentiment - Performance vs. satisfaction: Show if an organization is under or over-performing in servicing its customers - Personalization: Explore different techniques for showing an individual survey respondent how his/her responses compare with peers We'll also explore the latest techniques for getting your survey data "just so" so you can do amazing things with Tableau.
From the creative to the artistic to games, designing dashboards in Tableau can be a lot of fun! But dashboards can have a serious side too. Serious and fun are both important. You need to use both to make a positive difference, engage your audience, and bring about change in an organization. In this Tableau Zen Master session, through numerous examples of Tableau dashboards and techniques you'll learn how to have fun, express creativity, and also tell serious data stories. From Bob Ross to Healthcare and Star Trek to Highway Repairs, Joshua will show you how to get the balance right.
There are many rules and guidelines around dataviz. Everyone knows the rules, but not necessarily the origins and the logic behind them. What started out as a guideline becomes a rule blindly followed without understanding why. Over time, these rules become mantras and doctrine that people follow religiously, but their origins have been lost and are sometimes unwarranted. This Tableau Zen Master session aims to explore the myths surrounding dataviz and look for the truth behind them. In this session we will explore, dissect, and either bust or confirm myths such as: "Pie Charts are Evil" "Red and Green should never be used" "You should never truncate the y-axis"
Are you bored of your same old bar charts, line charts, and pie charts (god forbid)? Do you want to see some visualizations which go beyond default chart types in Tableau? Think you can only do advanced and customized visuals in tools like D3 and R? Think again. This session will show how a variety of advanced chart types are possible in Tableau through math, data restructuring, and some Jedi Tableau hacking. Attendees of this session will learn how to create several advanced chart types in Tableau including, sunbursts, jump plots, radial trees, hive plots, gauge charts, and cartograms. Tableau Zen Masters will walk thru how to create these graphs in Tableau, AND cover when and why to use each. The audience will expand their knowledge of Tableau and learn some new and unique ways of applying these visualization types to tell their data stories.
Who is responsible for data quality? Does data have to be validated before it is shared? What the heck is data governance really? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this tell all confessional from a BI Director. This Tableau Zen Master session includes discussion on data strategy, data architecture, data stewardship, informatics, education, and project portfolio management. If you are looking for inspiration about how to better govern data from end-to-end at your company, then this session is for you.
Where Tableau's built-in subscription and alerting functionality ends, VizAlerts takes off. VizAlerts is an open-source tool originally built at Tableau for internal use that enhances Tableau's subscriptions with rich emails with images, PDFs, and data from Tableau views that can be delivered to any recipient based on any trigger criteria you can imagine. The creators of VizAlerts will demonstrate the configuration and operation of VizAlerts with 3 use cases: extract and workbook usage monitoring on Tableau's own internal Tableau Server deployment, daily reporting and merged emails at Southern Maine Health Care, and threshold-based alerts and SMS messaging for the PATH Foundation and Zambia Ministry of Health in partnership with the Tableau Foundation to help eliminate malaria. This Tableau Zen Master session is great for Tableau admins as well as Tableau evangelists who want to deliver more views to more people. For more information about VizAlerts see https://github.com/tableau/VizAlerts.
Tableau Server's REST API is becoming more powerful with each release. With just a little bit of creativity you can create awesome scripts and apps with almost no programming knowledge. This Tableau Zen Master session will show you how to take full advantage of the REST API, whether or not you have any experience coding. Using the community tool TabCommunicate, built specifically for this presentation, we'll explore what's possible, including extracting server information to a Tableau data extract for further analysis. During the second half of the session, we'll create a script to automatically on-board users to your Tableau Server with little more than copy and paste.
Keeping things simple in data visualization is hard. We anchor ourselves in the belief that the harder a visualization is to create, the more worth it is to the end user. "Simple" visualizations such as bar charts and line graphs are the preserve of a boring, unengaging viz aren't they? For some users watching advanced presentations at a Tableau conference can be a disheartening experience: techniques and visualisations you'd love to use but find hard to understand, let alone be able to replicate back in the cold hard light of the office. In this talk Chris Love, Tableau Zen Master, will instead demonstrate: - why complexity may not engage your audiences in the way you expect - what *really* makes an effective data visualisation - how you can "Keep it Simple, Stupid" (KISS) and still create eye catching and engaging visualisations in Tableau - live, practical examples of how complex visualisations can be rebuilt as simple charts - simple tips on how to create the illusion of complexity in your visualisations without learning complex techniques
Note: Content is still being added to the schedule. Sessions, times, and locations are subject to change.