Saturday Down South is a website dedicated to all things SEC football. This past Thursday, they published this list of the salaries for each coach in the SEC (except for Vanderbilt who does not publish their coach's salary).
This list is simple enough, yet when I saw it, I felt like there was more of a story in there. You can clearly see, just from the table, that Nick Saban is a huge outlier. He's a winner, and he gets paid to win. Keep in mind that these are only their base salaries too. Bonuses, appearance fees, etc. are not included.
I decided to use Tableau's story points for the first time to answer a couple of key questions:
- How much of an outlier is Saban compared to his peers in the SEC, to other coaches in other sports and to other college football coaches?
- How widespread is this level of pay for college football coaches and how does the SEC stack up?
- Is Saban worth the money?
- If you want to tell a story, know the questions you want to answer ahead of time. This will help you plan the beginning, middle and end of the story.
- As I answered questions, I was led to more questions, which led to finding more data, which led to a better story. Be prepared to iterate.
- Story Points are pretty inflexible. You can't do any formatting of you viz once you're inside the Story Point. You have to go back to the original worksheet to change anything. I had expected this to work more like editing a viz on a dashboard.
- I feel like I'm not quite using Story Points as they were intended. I feel like I'm missing their intent in this attempt because I could have done all of this same formatting with multiple dashboards and tabs. I need to learn more about the “idea” behind Story Points.