Are you a business analyst, a management accountant or a dashboard designer and feel that your work is not duly appreciated? We show you how using a consistent notation ensures your reports are actually read and understood, reducing wrong decisions by 61% and speeding up comprehension by 46%.
Get to know the why and what of the consistent IBCS report notation and learn how to apply it to your charts and tables. We also touch briefly on what it takes to establish a standard notation in your organization. To the benefit of managers, analysts, dashboard designers and last but not least – yourself and your career.
How the content is conveyed
The course consists of 5 sections with about 30 digestible lessons in total. Every lesson lasts between 5 and 10 minutes. Most of them are interactive videos, i.e. videos enriched with polls, quizzes and exercises. You also get a workbook which you can fill to perform the exercises. After finishing a section you can check your learning progress with the help of a test.
- Why visualization can accelerate information transfer (7:38)
- What we have achieved so far in data visualization (5:25)
- Why a standard notation helps avoid visualization issues (6:27)
- How pattern recognition speeds up perception (6:48)
- Use pattern recognition to boost reporting (5:45)
- Don't let reservations distract you (7:31)
- Using semiology to create a report notation (7:24)
- Testing the "why"
- Use uniform terms and number formats (4:26)
- Use consistent captions and labels (6:47)
- Get a homogeneous look (6:08)
- Use a consistent design for time aspects (6:44)
- Make actual data look different from plan (7:29)
- Ensure that variances are detected (10:38)
- Highlight your messages with uniform markers (5:13)
- Structure and design your tables consistently (12:44)
- Distinguish ratios from absolute measures (4:55)
- Use icons to identify structures (4:39)
- Make different scales recognizable (4:09)
- Testing the "what"
- Get ready for the exercises (3:42)
- How to visualize a time series analysis (10:37)
- When to use lines for a time series analysis (8:25)
- How to visualize a structural comparison (4:50)
- How to visualize a calculation scheme (4:40)
- When to use a table for a calculation scheme (5:30)
- How to make your design business-responsive (3:36)
- How to deal with specialist topics (4:10)
- Example: How to visualize finance figures (7:50)
Hi, my name is Jürgen Faisst and I'm your instructor
My mission is to enhance your reports and dashboards by applying consistent design standards.
They say I'm a well-versed notation expert, appreciated instructor and experienced manager. And I'm a passionate musician writing arrangements. I also frequently serve as a key-note speaker at international conferences with topics such as "What business management can learn from musicians".
Together with my partner Rolf Hichert I've been writing Solid, outlined, hatched – How visual consistency helps better understand reports, presentations and dashboards, the book this course is based upon.
A course with very interesting content, with important theoretical arguments, well applied analogies, with excellent feedback resources, very well explained at a good pace and useful exercises that allow consolidating the knowledge acquired. It is one of those virtual courses that confirms that the "virtual" has nothing to envy to the face-to-face!
Juan Carlos Aranibar
Performance & BI Senior Specialist
Minera San Cristobal, La Paz, Bolivia
One of the best courses I've ever taken!
Executive Assistant Finance and Administration
CGC oil company, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Groups of more than 10 students can get an individual offer. Please send us a request detailing the desired number of students.
Some additional material that might be helpful throughout the course
The book: Solid, outlined, hatched
This course is based on the contents of this book. Perfect for looking up and studying in depth.
The IBCS Standards
Reference book for all rules of the International Business communication Standards.
Notation manual template
Template (PDF or editable PPT) for a company specific notation manual for creating IBCS compliant charts and tables.