Advanced Score Meter Chart

The advanced score meter chart is nothing other than an application that helps us display each key performance indicator differently.

We can see several solutions – like gauge chart – but these all looked alike except for a very few. Therefore, we keep ourselves to the previously written principles, meaning that you will only see unique dashboard templates on the blog.

We will introduce the making of an advanced score meter chart, but we will not settle only for this; we will go further, and the article will contain some unique and original solutions. Even the array formulas will be at our help!

In these pictures, we have endeavored to create such a user interface that you can tell at a glance what is displayed and it is meaning.

Let’s say a few words about the widget!

Score Meter Chart – How to use Slicers

The effectuation of the interval division makes the score meter chart unique. But, of course, we all know the classic scale with degrees ranging from a week to excellent.

We will dynamically use these! As a default, we will be able to handle values between 0% and 100%.

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Our advanced score meter chart will have the unique characteristic that we will set each element of the color chart by giving arbitrary values. As usual, red is the smallest / weakest value, the dark green is the best / highest value.

The division is not needed to be even; we can differ from the average division rule of 0%-20%, 21%-40%,…81%-100%. Why is this so useful for us? Using the opportunities given by free configuration, KPIs will be available for display that differs from the customary.

We have defined the percentages in the ‘Slicers’ column. But we have to bring your attention to one crucial issue! When changing values (anyone out of the five), pay attention so that the value doesn’t exceed 100% because we can maximum only display this on the chart.

In our example, we increased the middle interval (yellow color) to 30%, so we had to reduce the interval containing the weakest value to 10%. Of course, it is not mandatory to reduce exactly this; the bottom line is their sum must be exactly 100%.

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The score meter only displays correctly in this case! Therefore, we have applied a control field in the ‘Slicers’ column; if its value is 100%, everything is all right. Good to know that the score meter chart looks spectacular as a part of a complex dashboard!

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We have created the ‘MIN’ and ‘MAX’ columns that we have made intervals using the rules of running total. Based on the current ‘Slicers’ settings these are the following: 0-10%; 11%-30%; 31%-60%; 61%-80%; 81%-100%.

Using Arrays – The Frequency Formula

If you are using array formulas, you need advanced knowledge, and we will talk about them in detail, for they are important in this solution. Set the actual value to 70%.

The array formula will decide what value will correspond to this percentage in the’ FREQUENCY’ column.

In our case, between 61% and 80%, that’s why the number 1 indicator can be seen there.

How do we get this result? First, highlight the cells as we do in the picture. After this, click on the formula bar and write in the formula. Don not press enter!

But instead use the <Ctrl> + <Shift> + <Enter> combination! Then the results will be automatically entered into all cells. And you will notice that the formula appears with curly brackets around it.

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Assigning TEXT to values

There’s only one thing left to do, and this is to display the text assigned to the percentage values on the advanced score meter chart. We want to accomplish that the text of the category appears in a text box. So we have to bring out the good old VLOOKUP formula.

The first parameter of the formula will be the ‘1’ indicator (located in the FREQUENCY column); the second parameter, in turn, will look for text assigned to the given interval in the ‘TEXT’ column. And we are all done!

Thank you for staying with us today. You can download the chart mentioned above using this link. Then, play with our advanced score meter chart!

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