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CHART FORMAT

IBCS PRESENTATION STANDARD

IBCS is a standard for consistent business communication that defines rules on how to structure reports, presentations and dashboards. Best-practice techniques such as IBCS ensure reports and charts are unambiguous and communicate information effectively. Consistency is also key; what looks the same means the same, making communication and interpretation easier.

The IBCS standard advocates for the use of a consistent color code in which red is "bad" and green is "good". Therefore a year-on-year decrease in sales would be shown as red, while a decrease in costs would be shown as green. Actual, measured, data is displayed in charts as a solid dark grey fill. Measured data of previous periods is displayed as a solid light grey fill. Plan, expected, data is display as white outlined.

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For instance, using this approach it is immediately clear that this chart compares the previous year to the current year...

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...while this chart compares Plan to Actual.

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We love this philosophy and the way it is implemented in the standard. We also love the uncluttered look of IBCS-compliant plots. We strive to make our charts fully compliant.