By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice
An example of a really bad Pie Chart

7 Secrets of the Pie Chart

I suppose I shouldn't really be writing this blog because the question has to be asked, why are you using a pie chart? But if you really must, at the very least make your pie charts unambiguous and preferably, interesting. Let's not have anything anymore that looks like this:- An example of a really bad pie chart! So I'm hoping that by revealing my seven secrets below, you'll either never use a pie chart again or at least you'll produce… Read More

By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice
7 Secrets of the Power BI Line Chart

7 Secrets of the Line Chart

The line chart is the go-to chart type to visualise data over time. Typically, this visual is used to analyse your data by year, quarter, month or by day. It should be an easy thing to do to create a line chart that plots your data in the way you want. But beware, there are secrets lurking behind the benign line chart! Here are my top seven. #1 There Are Two Different Types of X-Axis The default x-axis, along the… Read More

By Alison Box

Power BI in Practice

7 Secrets of the Matrix Visual

Some of you Excel users may have realised that the Power BI Matrix visual is just an Excel Pivot Table by another term. You even get buckets for “Rows”, “Columns” and “Values” just like constructing an Excel Pivot Table. The temptation is to think this is all the Matrix visual can do; act like, well, a typical Pivot Table: -   However, depending on your knowledge of Excel Pivot tables, you’ll know that if the Matrix is just like an… Read More

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