Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Sign up Log in
Deleted user
0 / 0 points
badges earned

Your Points Tracker
  • Global
  • Feed

Badge for your thoughts?

You're enrolled in our new beta rewards program. Join our group to get the inside scoop and share your feedback.

Join group
Give the gift of kudos
You have 0 kudos available to give
Who do you want to recognize?
Why do you want to recognize them?
Great job appreciating your peers!
Check back soon to give more kudos.

Past Kudos Given
No kudos given
You haven't given any kudos yet. Share the love above and you'll see it here.

It's not the same without you

Join the community to find out what other Atlassian users are discussing, debating and creating.

Atlassian Community Hero Image Collage

Jira Cloud: pie chart is almost useless

The current Jira Cloud pie chart doesn't show number or percent on the chart, which makes it almost useless. Can we please show this info?

1 comment

A pie chart is not something you use for definitive numbers - no-one reads a pie chart for a fraction of a percent.  A pie chart is there to give humans a visual idea of the proportions of the data, and to give us a clickable thing into the detail if we really do want to ask about the 0.0001% that doesn't seem quite right.

It's never going to show this, the point is that it gives us something broadly useful, not precise (and hence confusing)

If you like this sort of thing, check out the Tableau company blog when they first introduced Pie Charts. (May require hitting The Wayback Machine.)

The visualization expert Stanford Prof, one of the co-founding team introduced adding Pie Chats by going on about how Mostly Useless, Bad and Wrong they were. Kind of "We introduced Pie Charts because you insisted, but you really shouldn't use them for anything imporant."

V. funny.

I was trying not to say something like that - I find them particularly pointless myself, there's usually other, better options to show what I'm looking for.

Well, I went there for the both of us.<g>

That story is extra-ironic given Tableau's motto: "Telling Stories With Data." So, throwing up busy images you can't find a story in by trying is ... not that. (A graphic you have to explain has failed. A graphic they have to work to follow has failed. A graphic they have to go somewhere to find what they need has failed. Save the ink.)

True story: Some seniors showing off their name-brand "Data Science" program capstone project two springs ago had pie charts, nothing but pie charts in their show and tell poster session. And had heard nothing about graphic presentation for understanding. Looking at the presentation, I had to ask:

  • What (data) am I looking at?
  • What is this about?
  • What is this telling me?

If I have to work to figure that out, the graphic hasn't helped, has it? A good graphic, even if it's not a format they expect, will compellingly, obviously tell them what the data says, what they need to know from the data, and blow their mind with what that means, all at a glance.

For @Jie Kang if you're wanting to wrangle visual presentations to make them useful, get The Visual Display of Quantitiative Information, or anything else from Tufte.

Like Nic Brough _Adaptavist_ likes this


Log in or Sign up to comment
Community showcase
Published in Jira Service Management

JSM June Challenge #2: Share how your business teams became ITSM rockstars

For JSM June Challenge #2, share how your non-technical teams like HR, legal, marketing, finance, and beyond started using Jira Service Management! Tell us: Did they ask to start using it or...

233 views 7 7
Read article

Community Events

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find an event

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Unfortunately there are no Community Events near you at the moment.

Host an event

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local event. Learn more about Community Events

Events near you