Let's Tableau! (Plus Free Lessons for Beginners)

Have a dashboard you've been working on, but not sure where to go from here? Learned a technique you're really excited about, or found a tool you think is useful? Consider presenting! It's a great way to get feedback and get your name out to the community. Anyone who participates will earn a chance at the $25 Amazon gift card drawn each session. Presentations should be 5 to 10 minutes. Drop me a note if interested, or just come prepared on the 20th.


We'll be back at the Washington Post this week, right in the heart of downtown DC.  As before, the first hour of this meetup will be devoted to helping newcomers learn to use Tableau through presentations and hands-on activities. If you consider yourself more on the advanced side, feel free to come around 2:00 for the start of the general session, which will cover more advanced topics.

Here's a tentative schedule.

1:00 Getting Started with Tableau (for those new to the tool)

*  What is Tableau?

*  Which version is right for me?

*  Installing and connecting to data

*  Constructing your first dashboard

2:00 Introduction & announcements (whole group)

2:15 Community forum -- Show what you've been working on

3:00 Tips and tricks (potential topics below)

*  Data blending (multiple data sources on one graph)

*  Conditionally displaying logos/images

*  Creating interactive flow diagrams

*  Calendars for visualization & filtering

4:30 Wrap-up


Please bring a laptop with a Windows operating system with you to this meetup. You can find links to trial and free versions of Tableau here: http://www.meetup.com/dc-tableau-workshop/pages/Helpful_Links/

All skill levels welcome!

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  • Mathias E.

    This was great - relevant presentations with good variety, nice people, interesting discussions! Thanks for organizing this!

    July 21, 2013

  • Dave S.

    This was a awesome presentation! I have rarely been in classroom settings that were as informative, and the group interaction was great. Thanks again, and I will be there again.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic meetup. Much more valuable than even the Tableau online training. I'll be back!

    July 20, 2013

  • William


    July 20, 2013

  • KS

    I lack sufficient superlatives for quality of presentations, discussions, ideas.

    July 20, 2013

  • Gary T.

    Excellent program.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Greatly looking forward to the meetup!

    July 18, 2013

  • Greg M.

    seriously? oh man I'm out of the country and was really waiting for the next one. can you maybe stream or webex this?

    July 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      While we don't currently stream presentations, you can find all of the presented material afterwards on the Pages section of the meetup site. This includes step-by-step tutorials covering the topics we went over each day: http://www.meetup.com...­

      July 15, 2013

  • Dave S.

    No guests, except my laptop.

    July 14, 2013

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