Presenting Metrics Data – How would you create a chart for this data?

In my last post I asked how you would create a chart for this request:

Presenting Metrics Data

Trying to find the best way to display some metrics and am coming up with a blank as I need to provide business metrics data for number of calls data and preferably with Excel 2010.
Initial thought was to create a line graph with points and hyperlink the points to the sub-topics but can’t figure out how to do that, then I thought about a bar graph with different layers to it as to each sub-topic with no such luck.
Example below:
Specific Administration is the overall topic with a total of 417 for all other categories with “Add/Edit Contacts, Policy, Proctor Password, Request to Change Data” all falling under Specific Administration.
Then Navigation falls under Add/Edit Contacts, and General, Refer to XYZ, Refer to XY all falling under Policy and of the 381 stats for Policy is broken down by those and so I need to put that information with the sub-topic but not all sub-topics will have a sub-topic layer 2

Here is the sample the user provided


So here is what I did.

I set up my data in Excel like this:
Performance Metric Data






and it created a chart that looked like this:


It is using multilevel categories for the horizontal axis.

You can learn more about this technique here:

How-to Easily Create a Stacked Clustered Column Chart in Excel

You can check out the tips and tricks to make this chart happen in this video tutorial and demonstration:

Let me know if you would have chosen a different solution for this Excel Dashboard chart in the comments below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog!



  1. Great solution. That is pretty close to what I came up with. I find that multi level categories are surprisingly easy to make with static data, but I sometimes have trouble when using a pivot chart. Most of the charts I have to make are driven off of pivot tables for use in dashboards.


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