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2016 Iron Viz Round 3

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If you are here I’m sure you know of three things: Tableau, Iron Viz, and my addiction to both. This marks my 5th and 6th viz entered into the Iron Viz pool, and even though the visualizations are fairly simple in nature, it was by far the hardest competition to date.

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Exporting Viz Data with the Tableau 10 JavaScript API

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Have you ever had to explain to someone the process of clicking in the white space to activate a sheet, finding the toolbar, and then making sure to explain which buttons perform the proper exporting action? I have gone through that process more times than I care to admit, and I never get better at explaining it… shouldn’t the process to export data be easier?

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Who Says Tableau Parameters Aren’t Dynamic?

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From time to time I get the privilege of interviewing a candidate for a business intelligence position, usually when the person has rated themselves extremely high on Tableau skills. One of, if not the first, items I investigate is advanced knowledge in parameters.

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Kennedy – A Data Biography of the 35th President of the United States

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I’ll admit it.. I was not the least bit inspired when the second Iron Viz feeder topic was announced. I’m a voter, but outside of that I try to avoid all forms of politics whenever possible, which made coming up with a topic for this contest even more difficult.

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What Does Show Me Really Show Me?

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In the past few weeks I’ve had a nice experience working with a business consultant from Tableau collaborating on a project with a shared client. In one of our working sessions I was building a requested visualization for the client when I got a tap on my shoulder from the Tableau consultant. “Why don’t you just use Show Me?”, she asked.

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Highlight Stories with the Tableau JavaScript API

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Last week data-dare.com put out a challenge to the Tableau community to create a story without using story points. This is sure to be an interesting challenge, with many new/alternative ways coming to light. Tableau’s story point feature is nice, but can feel a bit clunky at times, so I am excited to see what we all come up with!

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Tableau State of Mind: Being Zen-Ish

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I had a zen garden in my backyard.

This garden did not bring me peace, it did not connect me with my surroundings, nor did it free me of distractions. This zen garden did nothing but increase my fear of spiders and hatred of weeds. Luckily for me, we sold this house… hopefully someone else will find some peace with this zen garden.

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Food Takes Flight

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Tableau announced their first feeder competition to their overwhelmingly popular Iron Viz competition on April 4, 2016, and I spent the first week studying past winners and the design / viz style of my favorite authors. Before even looking for data I really wanted to get a sense for what works well in the wild, and what it takes to be selected for the competition. Here are some of my personal findings, realizations, and opinions:

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