Power BI Quick Start - Create a PBI Dashboard in 90 Minutes

Beginners step-by-step guide to creating a Power BI dashboard. The 5 step process for building an effective dashboard.
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1hr 40min of on-demand video
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Learn my 5 step process to building an Effective Dashboard and why each step is vital.
How to create a new Power BI report and import data from Excel.
What calculated columns are and how to add them to your data model.
What a measure is and how to add it to your data model.
Create basic DAX expressions using IF(), SWITCH(), COUNTROWS() and SUMX()
Importing a theme to format fonts and colours in Power BI.
My recommended report setting. How best to configure the Power BI report options.
How to add and configure card visuals.
How to add and configure an on-screen filter (slicer) to your report.
Set-up a bar graph visual.
Set-up a calculated column that segments work orders into days old groupings.
Add and configure a matrix visualisation with column and row categories.
Add a drillthrough from the home page charts and matrix to a work order details screen. View the detailed transactions that are behind the numbers.
How to publish your dashboard to the Power BI Service. This is the starting point to sharing your dashboard with the world.


  • Install Power BI desktop on your Windows computer. Free to download from Microsoft's website.
  • This is a quick start guide so no other prerequisites are required.


Power BI is the fastest-growing data analytics tool on the market. Demand for skills in Power BI is rocketing. Most major organisations are now using it as part of their standard desktop toolkit.

This course is for you if you are pushed for time and want to quickly learn how to create a new dashboard and understand the key features and capability of Power BI.

The good news is that it's very easy to quickly learn how to start creating effective dashboards.

After completing this short, practical, hands-on course you'll have the knowledge you need to take advantage of Power BI's capability to create your first dashboard in your organisation or role.


Project Scenario Overview:


For this course, you will play the role of a business analyst who has been tasked with creating a report to analyse the overdue maintenance activities at an oil production facility.

The course takes you step-by-step through the end-to-end process of defining, building and deploying a professional and effective dashboard. The dashboard will allow managers to analyse the company's overdue maintenance activities and drill into the detailed transactions that make up the overdue work.

I'll provide you with everything you need to guide you through the process of building the solution and configuring the dashboard, including my key hints and tips for success and how to make the dashboard user-friendly and easy to read (you can learn from my mistakes!).


Course Overview:


The course has 4 key learning objectives:

Objective #1: Learn the 5 Step Process for Building an Effective Dashboard

  • My 5 step process provides you with a clear structure to follow when creating a new dashboard. (Note: It's not just about Power BI)


Objective #2: Import Data using Power Query

  • Understand how to load data into your Power BI data model.


Objective #3: Building a Data Analysis Dashboard in Power BI

  • Learn the difference between a calculated column and a measure.

  • Add a new column to your data model based on the IF() function.

  • Create some basic measures using the SUMX() and COUNTROWS() DAX functions.

  • Import a theme to your dashboard - including my best practice recommendation for selecting a colour scheme.

  • Add and configure Card, Bar Chart, Matrix and Table visuals.

  • Create an on-screen filter using the Slicer visualisation.


Objective #4: Publishing the Dashboard to the Power BI Service

  • Share your dashboard through the Web with the Power BI Service.


By the end of this short project, you'll understand how to get started with Power BI and will have the skills and knowledge to build your own basic dashboards with confidence.

Note this course is not designed to be a compreshensive Power BI course. It's a quick start course built to provide you with a solid foundation in key features of Power BI. From here you'll be in a great position to accelerate your Power BI skills development.

Power BI is currently a highly desirable skill set. It allows you to easily create beautiful dashboards, track KPIs and gain insights into your data, then share these with the world!

Remember, this quick start course is for anyone looking to get started with Power BI. If you are a budding data analyst, an IT professional, a department manager or just someone who wants to add to Power BI to their skillset and CV, this course is for you.


Sign up today and in under 90 minutes, you'll be up and running with Power BI.

Included in the course package you'll get:

  • Downloadable presentation of my 5 Step Process to Building an Effective Dashboard.

  • All the files and resources you need to complete your first dashboard project.

  • Q&A Forum.

  • Final Power BI project file.

Talk to you in the course! - Jason (Founder of Effective Dashboards)

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to use Power BI to create dashboards to visualise and analyse their data and KPIs.


Power BI expert, specialising in maintenance & reliability
Jason Davidson
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 372 Reviews
  • 7,961 Students
  • 1 Course


I'm a Power BI expert but also work as a reliability engineer. I use Power BI every day in my work to created reports and dashboards and also draw insights from the information they provide to help support the decisions for actions and investments to improve the reliability of the equipment at our plant.

My aim is to share my learnings and approaches to create effective dashboards in Power BI. I focus on mainly on maintenance dashboards but the approaches can be transferred to any industry so don't let that put you off.

I've worked with Power BI since 2017 and absolutely love it. It's a fantastic tool and keeps getting better and better with every monthly release.

I really hope you enjoy these courses and look forward to helping you with your Power BI learning journey.

Very warm regards,


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