A Dashboard map is a map that is dynamically generated by ResultsManager, to give you a new perspective on all the projects and activities that you or others are involved with.
ResultsManager takes all the classification information that you defined when you edited the Activities, and uses it to create organised lists. This new map contains copies of the activities taken from the original project map, but organised in a different way. In fact, it will usually contain several copies of the same activities, if they appear in different lists (e.g. things to do today, and Phone calls).
The purpose of a dashboard map governs its design. Dashboard maps are designed to support the decisions you need to take when executing or reviewing your workload. Analysis processes must be consistent to have any value, so performing the same analysis each week on your projects allows progress and direction to be better understood and realigned.
There are two basic Dashboard types when using MindManager and ResultsManager to implement the "Getting Things Done" methodology - an "Actions" Dashboard and a "Review" Dashboard.
A "Daily Actions Dashboard" typically shows
An example Power User Daily Actions Dashboard map
The "Sweep and Review" Dashboard typically shows
An example "Sweep and Review" Dashboard map
Both dashboards are generated from the same set of project maps. You would use a Daily Actions Dashboard to keep track of what you can or should do each day, and would use a Review dashboard to take stock of your projects and re-prioritise or re-shape them.
Other more specialised Dashboards can be created to provide further analysis:
A Dashboard is a database report presented in a visual form, but which also allows you to update the source from the Dashboard itself. This last point is crucial to understanding the role of Dashboards; when you see something re-presented in a different form, it is likely that you will have something to add or some new piece of insight, just because of the way our brains work by association. You may have forgotten that you intended to call a supplier about something until you saw a list of phone calls - and you need to be able to park the newly remembered thought somewhere relevant before it has gone forever. Alternatively, when you finally get to work on the things on your list, you may realise that you need to find some other piece of data first, which can't be done immediately. So rather than return to your project plan, you need to be able to make a correction to your to-do list there and then. The Dashboards that ResultsManager generates allow you to modify and add new Results to them, and the updates are automatically posted back to the original project maps, so that they reappear in the right place in future Dashboards.
Lastly, because Dashboard maps are generated from templates, you can fine-tune what is displayed and how it is organised until the Dashboard map provides optimum support for your review or delivery processes. Because they consist of a snapshot of a project, they can also form a useful archive if you need to keep track of progress at milestones in your project.