See budget versus actual maintenance costs clearly with this Power BI chart hack. Instead of mentally calculating the difference between budgeted and actual maintenance costs, add a variance column to explicitly display the delta. Color code and arrow the variance column so over-budget months jump out.
This technique works for any clustered column chart comparing two measures in Power BI. Some examples:
- Work order attainment: Scheduled work orders and completed work orders, with variance showing incomplete.
- Preventative maintenance compliance: Planned PM work orders and completed PMs, with variance highlighting uncompleted PMs.
The variance column simplifies chart interpretation by doing the math for you. No more staring at two columns and mentally subtracting! See the cost difference at a glance.
Download the pbix file here.