Definition

As per Ryan Sleeper:

Bullet graphs improve on the bar chart by providing additional points of comparison. For example, in addition to showing a bar for widget sales, a bullet graph would also include a point of comparison that shows either last year’s sales or a target sales amount. Further, bullet graphs will include shading to illustrate how close your sales number is to last year’s number or your target.

Videos

A YouTube video from DataChampions:

And an example from Tableau:

Blog Posts

This post is courtesy of Ryan Sleeper:

http://www.evolytics.com/blog/tableau-201-how-to-make-bullet-graphs/

Tableau Online Help provides this post:

https://onlinehelp.tableau.com/current/pro/online/mac/en-us/reflines_adddistributions_bullet.html

Whilst Carly Capitula at Interworks again provides great additional context:

https://www.interworks.com/blog/ccapitula/2014/12/29/tableau-essentials-chart-types-bullet-graph

Freakalytics’ post shares some handy tips to enhance the impact of a bullet chart:

https://www.freakalytics.com/enhanced-bullet-charts/

Example workbooks

A number of basic examples can be found on Tableau Public, including this by Ashley Lew:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/ashley.lew#!/vizhome/BulletGraphStarter/SalesActualvs_Budget

And this from Chris Gerrard:

https://public.tableau.com/views/BuildingBetterBulletGraphs-BuiltwithTableau/BulletGraph-SalesActualvsQuota-TableauEnhanced?%3Aembed=y&%3AshowVizHome=no&%3AshowTabs=y&%3Adisplay_count=y&%3Adisplay_static_image=y

 

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