At-a-glance reporting with symbol indicators

In a report that contains extensive data, how can action-items be quickly highlighted and addressed? 

Indicator symbols are a great method for determined, at-a-glance, which project items need attention. 

Here are a few tips on using indicator symbols:

  • Use distinct shapes and colors to clearly separate one indicator from another

  • Rely on the indicator’s shape, not color, when printing to black & white

  • Clearly define the indicators in a legend

  • Use logical symbols, such as check-marks for completed activities

  • Display “pie fills” to show percent complete




“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I have no plans, and no plans to plan.”

— Mario Cuomo,

Governor of NY