A job cost mini-dashboard for a quick data analytics exercise

Looking for a quick data analytics exercise for introductory managerial accounting? You can give your students the link for this job cost analysis dashboard and then ask a series of questions. There is no software for students to install; the dashboard is hosted on Tableau Public and can be accessed by anyone with the link to the mini-dashboard. We also have a quick video about using mini-dashboards in Tableau Public – that mini-dashboard intro video is available at this link.

To get you started on the kinds of questions you can ask with this job cost mini-dashboard, here are some ideas:

  1. What is the gross profit generated by the <insert product type here> product group in all plants?
  2. What is the total sales revenue generated by <insert product ID here> in the <insert plant location here> plant?
  3. How many <insert product ID here> models were sold by the <insert plant location here> location?
  4. What is the gross profit of the <insert product type here> product group in the <insert plant location here> plant?

Anyways, we have made several of these mini-dashboards and have found that they are a quick and easy way to insert some data analysis into an introductory accounting course. We will be sharing some of these mini-dashboards from time to time. We hope you find them useful.