Granting Every Request with a YES
One of the biggest errors in taking requests that I made (and see others make) is this. The stakeholders who request reports frequently lack experience with Power BI. They might not comprehend visual design theory or best practices as a result. They frequently demanded individualized and detailed specifications. I saw it as a challenge to do my best to satisfy all of their needs. This frequently referred to inventive hacks, bizarre DAX, and odd visual applications.
Although I was happy that I could adapt Power BI to users’ needs, I now realize that this was a poor strategy. When things went wrong, hours were spent fixing the intricate visuals. Changes that ought to have been simple projects became complicated ones
Learned Lessons: The lesson is that you are the expert because you are. The use of Power BI correctly requires knowledge of best practices. Even more crucial is being able to communicate this and refraining from over-customizing reports. Learn how to handle user requests and discern their true desires. The narrative that the report conveys is far more significant than the aesthetic of the images on a page.
Lack of Sufficient Knowledge of IT Procedures
I used to work in business analytics. I frequently used Excel and enjoyed developing intricate and original solutions to challenging issues. I did not, however, have sufficient knowledge of IT best practices. DevOps, releases, or various environments are some of these (e.g. DEV, TEST, PROD).
I could create reports, but I was unsure of how to deploy them. I had no idea how to conduct in-depth testing.
Power BI Training is necessary for upskilling and staying current at work.
Lessons Learned: Although you don’t have to be an expert, you should be familiar with the fundamentals. Spend some time comprehending these when you first begin learning Power BI. Additionally, speak with your IT division to learn more about the procedures used by your company.
Start Learning Power BI too soon and away from the Basics.
I enjoy picking up new abilities. The better, the more complicated. It seemed like a good idea to try to learn the most challenging and complex tasks in order to advance quickly and become an expert. But the truth is somewhat different. The adage “Don’t run before you can walk” may have caught your attention. I missed some basic information by jumping right into the difficult tasks. This generally slowed down my learning. I struggled to understand why without knowing that. This applies not only to knowledge of Power BI Desktop, but also to the foundations of databases and data transformation.
Lessons learned: Start with the fundamentals when learning Power BI. Remember to go back to them, even if you’re an experienced developer. Study the fundamentals of knowledge in areas like databases and data storage. Learn about the fact tables, keys, dimensions, and STAR schema.