Charting in task analytics helps create a visual representation of task data for performance analysis, monitoring and forecasting. It is an effective task analytics tool that plots various factors on a graph to visualize current task behaviors and provide input data for creating performance forecasts and trends.
Through using charts it is easier to understand tasks and their performance. For example, Line diagram displays performance of tasks as solid lines which help determine performance peaks and declines. Cycle chart shows relative sizes of performance values to compare tasks with each other. Scatter graph lets understand the type of relationships between dependent tasks and figure out how their performance lines intersect with each other.
Here are some steps for using charts and diagrams in visualizing task performance:
- Identify task attributes to be used for drawing charts
- Select type of chart to be drawn
- Be sure task attributes are relevant to the selected type of chart
- Create a spreadsheet (e.g. Pivot grid) that consists of task attributes
- Use this spreadsheet as input data for charting
- Draw the chart; view how performance values are changed on the chart
- Build a task analytics report for further discussions at meetings and sessions.