Week 47: Unit Volume Comparison

Why wait for 2019 when I can start challenging you all right now? I’m not quite ready to jump off the set action hype train yet, and this challenge is setup to help you think about some different ux/ui capabilities that set actions can enable. I don’t anticipate this being the most difficult challenge you’ve faced… so grab a drink, sit down, and let’s get to work.

click to view on Tableau Public

NOTE: I disabled download on the workbook on Tableau Public to force you to think through the solution. Yes, I know it’s mean, but you’ll learn more this way. I’ll turn on downloading toward the end of the week.


  • Dashboard size: 900 x 700
  • Use no more than 3 sheets
  • Match text formatting and colors (doesn’t have to be exactly the same)
  • Give every object some room to breath from the edges of the dashboard… 25px sounds about right
  • Summary numbers and highlights should line up perfectly; only separated by the borders of the highlights
  • Try and use set actions to match the functionality
  • Do not display headers for the summary number section
  • Add context to the summary numbers in the leftmost cell only
  • Make sure the word UNITS appears next to the nearest 500 of the highest point on the line
  • Show labels for matching months on hover… if you hover over June 2018, we should see labels for all of the June points
  • Match line/area chart look and feel


Data from this week comes from the Saved Data Source in Tableau 2018 (Sample – Superstore), download here if needed.


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter using the hashtag #WorkoutWednesday2018 and tag @VizWizBI, @AnnUJackson, @LukeStanke, @RodyZakovich, @lorna_eden, and @curtisharris_.


Also, don’t forget to track your progress using this Workout Wednesday form.

5 thoughts on “Week 47: Unit Volume Comparison”

  1. Hey curtis I am working on this now, and for some reason the tooltips will not “stay” when hovering over points on tableau public so I cannot see what they are meant to show. It could just be me but can you look into this please?? I am not sure from the illustration what the area chart is supposed to display as it is not labeled so I am guessing the tooltip would help me out on this. Much appreciated!

  2. I tried downloading your workbook here to figure out how you completed this report, but for some reason it’s telling me my Tableau version isn’t current enough (using 2018.3).

    What I’m trying to figure out is how you did the hovering where all the months display their value when you hover over one specific month. Also, what is the point of the 4 bars under the Region totals?

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