Filters are great and all, but I genuinely love Tableau parameters.
One technique that I frequently use for certain dashboard designs is using a parameter as the
primary method of interaction. That is, I use parameters to take input from users, which primarily drives the data viewed on screen. The parameter filters worksheets and shows related information about that input, acting much like a database record selection action or a filter in an Excel spreadsheet column.
For example, say you have a dashboard filled with customer activity for a large retailer. The dashboard might show overall sales per customer, … Read the rest