Bringing a Treasure Trove Back into the Light Guess how many articles are here on PowerPivotPro.com? Go ahead and think of a number, I’ll wait. The answer, at time of writing, is 923. Rob alone has published 715 articles! And…
Gantt Hours measure debugging with DAX Studio – isn’t it pretty!
At the end of my last post in the Gantt Chart series, GANTT CHART WITH RESOURCE LOADING, I said that I would return to explain how the Hours measure worked. I took a brief diversion, almost foray, into the world of CRM PIPELINE FUNNEL CHARTS but I’m now back to explain the workings of that Hours measure. You can revisit PART1 and PART2 of this series to recap.
In the interim, I’ve been working on some “fine tuning” of that Hours measure. I’ll come onto the final solution in due course, but I’ll work through the workings of the Hours measure as we left it initially to explain why it needed tuning up!
For those amongst you with an appreciation of SQL, you might think of this like creating a DAX Equivalent LEFT JOIN between tables with a BETWEEN thrown in for good measure.
Pipeline Funnel Chart
For those of you waiting on the explanation of the SUMX / SUMMARIZE measure in GANTT POST 2, I have to put you on hold for a while longer. Sorry. In truth, I’m working through some performance aspects with that measure.
For now, I thought I would take the opportunity to expose the Pipeline Funnel Chart. It’s really quite straight forward but it’s incredible how few people know that it’s available to everyone, doesn’t require any real manipulation and YES it’s a standard PowerPivot chart!
For those of you that want to dig straight in, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE WORKBOOK HERE
Gantt Chart with Resource Loading Report
The response to POST 1 of this Gantt Chart mini series was swift and it didn’t take long for Vegard to contact me with a query regarding resource loading. Vegard had quickly taken the template and adapted it to include resource hours. The issue existed with getting the total hours for each resource to behave the way he wanted. Naturally, individuals will normally work for a set expected amount of time per day and if tasks are planned which exceed that expectation, it’s obvious that they might not get the work done!
In this post, I’ll start to explain how to adapt the model from the previous post to include resource loading and associated subtotals per individual resource.
“CalChart” – The Most Absolutely Awesome Thing I’ve Ever Done in Excel
(Data: Fake UFO Sightings/Alien Abductions – Data I 100% Made Up)
New Chart Type Added to Excel 2010!
Yes, it’s a new chart type. And yes, it’s been added to Excel 2010. But not by my former colleagues at Microsoft. This was done by me, after being inspired by another Excel pro, and with a heavy dose of formatting and sparkline assistance from another.
And it’s not some new fancy software addin or something like that.
It’s formulas. In the normal Excel grid.
Guest Post by Colin Banfield [LinkedIn]
A cycle chart is a chart designed to show business sales cycles in a manner that cannot be expressed using other standard charts. For instance, a cycle charts can show how monthly sales vary over several years, or how daily sales vary over several weeks. For a good introduction to cycle charts, see this excellent article by Naomi Robbins.
Figure 1 shows cycle PivotCharts using 3M+ rows of sales data from the Contoso database.
Figure 1 – Monthly sales over years and daily sales over weeks cycle plots (click figure to see an expanded image)
Guest post by Colin Banfield [LinkedIn]
After completing the Part 3 extension of Rob’s Dynamic TopN Reports via Slicers, Part 2 post, I did not plan on a forth installment. However, I did plan to write about creating dot plot PivotCharts sometime in the future. Later, it occurred to me that the TopN reports model provided the perfect foundation upon which to create dot plot charts.
The dot plot is not a standard chart type in Excel, so most users haven’t heard of, let alone used one. The dot plot is an alternative to a horizontal bar chart, and there are many situations where it is a better fit for analysis. For a good introduction to dot plots, see this excellent article by data visualization expert, Naomi Robbins.
The following summarizes some of the potential advantages of the dot plot over a bar chart:
FIgure 1 shows dot plot PivotCharts based on the data used in Part 3.
Figure 1 – Dot plot PivotCharts (Click figure for an expanded view)
Guest Post by Colin Banfield [LinkedIn] In the next few posts, I plan on demonstrating techniques for creating various types of custom PivotCharts that use PowerPivot data and DAX measures. Each custom chart will have one or more of the…