The 5-minute Excel Dashboard Challenge @ Bacon Bits

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Have you ever thought of building an Excel Dashboard in 5 minutes?  Yes, only 5 minutes. That’s why it is a Challenge!   You may find the details of The 5-minute Excel Challenge at Bacon Bits.

Honestly, I haven’t thought of building a dashboard in such a short time.  In my experience, it takes hours (if not days) of work to create a dashboard.  Nevertheless, after reading the very last sentence of Mike’s post regarding the challenge:

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing all the cool things our Excel community can create!”

I’d decided to take the challenge.   And I managed to finish it in four and a half minutes! 🙂

As I am working in retail industry, I take the challenge with something I am familiar with: Store KPI Dashboard.  

In my entry, I created a dataset of daily sales record for 56 stores across 5 regions in a year. It is a dataset of more than 21k rows.  (Of course, they are all fake data)

In my dashboard, I show the following KPIs with monthly trend line and summary:

  • % Variance vs. target
  • Net Sales
  • Average Transaction Value
  • Average Unit Price
  • Unit per Transaction

Needless to say, the dashboard is an interactive one that users can look at the KPIs of all stores, a particular region(s), or even a particular store(s).

Techniques used:

  • Pivot Table
  • Calculated field of Pivot Table
  • Get Pivot Data function
  • Slicer
  • Sparklines
  • Lot of shortcuts: e.g. Ctrl+Shift+4, Ctrl+Shift+1, Ctrl+1
  • Format Painter (esp. the use of double clicking the Format Painter)
  • And lots of Copy and Paste 🙂

You may watch or download the making of my entry HERE.

I have to admit that I need some rehearsals in order to finish it in 5 minutes.  Moreover, the resulting dashboard is a simple one.  I believe there are rooms for enhancement, given more time is allowed.

Some thoughts of enhancement (if time is not a constraint):

  • Top and bottom stores
  • Radio buttons to allow users sort top/bottom stores by different KPIs
  • Highlight stores that are below average or user-defined benchmark
  • A bubble chart that places stores into a metric by Number of Transaction and Average Transaction Value 

You have got better ideas?  Please leave your suggestion in comments.

Or even better, show your dashboard skill, take the challenge!  There are super nice prizes for winners. 🙂


All entries will be uploaded to the official 5-Minute Challenge YouTube Playlist.  I am looking forward to learning from the community for “out-of-the-box” approaches in using Excel.

Last but not least, I am more than happy if you give me a “like” to my entry in the official 5-Minute Challenge YouTube Playlist.  🙂


About MF

An Excel nerd who just transition into a role related to data analytics at current company......😊 Recently in love with Power Query and Power BI.😍 Keep learning new Excel and Power BI stuffs and be amazed by all the new discoveries.
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5 Responses to The 5-minute Excel Dashboard Challenge @ Bacon Bits

  1. juliaro says:

    Unfortunately, Mike’s entire blog (data pig technologies) is no longer active.


  2. Doug Glancy says:

    Nice job – a real dashboard with time to spare! Mine took 4:59 and was more of what I call a slapdashboard. Fun experience.


    • MF says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Doug.
      I will spend an hour on Saturday to watch all the entries.
      Agree with you that is a fun experience! Thanks to DataPig! 😀


  3. Oscar Esquinca says:



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