An Interview With Robert Rouse
Michael: Hi Robert. As I mentioned prior to our interview, all roads in the Tableau universe lead to you. You are Tableau’s Kevin Bacon! That is, almost everyone I have interviewed so far, seem to mention you as part of their interview. Why do you think that is?
Robert: I can’t say for sure what it is. I know it’s not my irresistible charm. It’s not because I ride the wave of popular topics. There are two dashboards people talk about often on social media and blogs. One is on political polarization, which earned me a spot in Iron Viz (NOTE: see screenshot below. Click on the image to work with this dataviz interactively). The other is a KPI dashboard with a sliding container trick. But, the most talked about things are not my most viewed ones – not by a long-shot.
My most viewed dashboard, by a margin of over 30%, is a KPI viz with only a couple of special tricks. It’s not the kind of thing that will get a lot of likes and re-shares but it’s useful in day-to-day business. That one eventually led to a section in the Big Book of Dashboards. I hope people mention my stuff because it helps them solve a problem and makes their work lives a little easier.