Dashboard Creator - Part IV

In previous posts, I introduced on the Dashboard Creator tool that I made in Excel.

The most recent post presented an example of where you could pull data from external sources into your dashboard, and display alongside TFS stored data.

What I found when creating this dashboard creator was that while TFS would reference people by their friendly name, such as "Gregg Boer". Other systems would reference the person by their email alias, such as "greggboe".

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So to solve this problem, I programmed in the ability to define an alternate set of look up values into the dashboard.

In the Dashboard-TFS.xls file I attached to the first post, the alternate lookups are stored in Row 3 of the sheet. Row 3 is normally a hidden row, but when you un-hide it, you'll see this:


You'll note that Row 3 (highlighted with a red-box) shows alternate names for each of the team members.

For example, for me, Row 2 would have "Gregg Boer", and Row 3 would have "greggboe".

This way, if any of the data being read from the various sheets has its "Assigned To" field matching either "Gregg Boer" or "greggboe", it will be compiled into my data column.

However, "Assigned To" is very likely not the field name used by the external system. For example, with these test results, the field name we are after is "owner":


The dashboard creator allows you to specify, for a given dashboard row, if another field should be used. Note the "Headerfield=owner" clause in the example below.


With the functionality of specifying alternate names and altername field names, I was able to create a dashboard that successfully mixed data from multiple sources.

I'm very curious if this series of posts is interesting to you, the reader, or not. I'm looking to provide tools that are helpful in managing the project, not just coding related tasks.

Let me know. Thanks

--Gregg Boer