#WOW2024 | 12 | Playing with Stacks


I’ve had clients requesting stacked bars in various formats lately, so this challenge is timely.

Stacked bars are used as a way to show part-to-whole relationship while also showing totals. The weakness of stacked bars is similar to that of the dreaded pie chart.

  1. Too many segments become confusing
  2. when trending a stacked column, its easy to see total trend and whichever dimension is at the bottom but difficult for the others because they don’t have a normalized baseline.

So I’ve created 3 solutions for providing easier use and better insights of stacked bars. Can you replicate all three? Feel free to add additional options if you feel like it 🙂 


  • Create a stacked bar chart 
    • by Month
    • Filtered to 2024
    • split by ship mode
  • Add total month values
  • Option 1 uses the analytics pane
  • Option 2 uses a dual axis
  • Option 3 uses dynamic sorting

Good luck!


BYOD (bring your own data)

if you need a dataset, here is a copy of Superstore


When you publish your solution on Tableau Public make sure to take the time and include a link to the original inspiration.  Also include the hashtag #WOW2024 in your description to make it searchable!


After you finish your workout, share on Twitter and/or LinkedIn using the hashtag #WOW2024 #Tableau and tag @WorkoutWednsday



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