Tableau Books

We wrote the books on Tableau.

Our approach to problem-solving has led to countless solutions and innovations.

Instead of keeping those all to ourselves, we’ve documented them in the form of three books, including the best-selling Tableau book, Practical Tableau. Whether you are brand new to Tableau or the most-advanced developer, our Tableau books will have something for you!

Practical Tableau by Ryan Sleeper

Practical Tableau: 100 Tips, Tutorials, and Strategies from a Tableau Zen Master

Whether you have some experience with Tableau software or are just getting started, this manual goes beyond the basics to help you build compelling, interactive data visualization applications.


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About Practical Tableau

Author Ryan Sleeper, one of the world’s most qualified Tableau consultants, complements his web posts and instructional videos with this guide to give you a firm understanding of how to use Tableau to find valuable insights in data.

Over five sections, Sleeper—recognized as a Tableau Zen Master, Tableau Public Visualization of the Year author, and Tableau Iron Viz Champion—provides visualization tips, tutorials, and strategies to help you avoid the pitfalls and take your Tableau knowledge to the next level.

What You’ll Learn


Get started with Tableau from the beginning

Chart Types

Use step-by-step tutorials to build a variety of charts in Tableau

Tips and Tricks

Learn innovative uses of parameters, color theory, how to make your Tableau workbooks run efficiently, and more


Explore the INSIGHT framework, a proprietary process for building Tableau dashboards


Learn tangible tactics for storytelling with data, including specific and actionable tips you can implement immediately

Innovative Tableau by Ryan Sleeper

Innovative Tableau: 100 More Tips, Tutorials, and Strategies

Level up with Tableau to build eye-catching, easy-to-interpret data visualizations.


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About Innovative Tableau

In this follow-up guide to Practical Tableau, author Ryan Sleeper takes you through a collection of unique tips and tutorials for using this popular software. Beginning to advanced Tableau users will learn how to go beyond Show Me to make better charts and learn dozens of tricks to improve both the author and user experience.

Featuring many approaches he developed himself, Ryan shows you how to create charts that empower Tableau users to explore, understand, and derive value from their data. He also shares many of his favorite tricks that enabled him to become a Tableau Zen Master, Tableau Public Visualization of the Year author, and Tableau Global Iron Viz Champion.

What You’ll Learn


Learn what’s new in Tableau since Practical Tableau was released

Chart Types

Examine unique new charts—timelines, custom gauges, and leapfrog charts—plus innovations to traditional charts such as highlight tables, scatter plots, and maps

Tips and Tricks

Get tips that can help make a Tableau developer’s life easier


Understand what developers can do to make users’ lives easier

Tableau Desktop Pocket Reference by Ryan Sleeper

Tableau Desktop Pocket Reference

In a crowded field of data visualization and analytics tools, Tableau Desktop has emerged as the clear leader.


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About Tableau Desktop Pocket Reference

This is partly due to its ease of use, but once you dive into Tableau’s extensive feature set, you’ll understand just how powerful and flexible this software can be for your business or organization.

With this handy pocket reference, author Ryan Sleeper (Innovative Tableau) shows you how to translate vast amounts of data into useful information. Tableau has done an amazing job of making valuable insights accessible to analysts and executives who would otherwise need to rely on IT. This book quickly guides you through Tableau Desktop’s learning curve.

What You’ll Learn


How to shape data for use with Tableau Desktop

Chart Types

How to create the most effective chart types


Core concepts including discrete versus continuous


Must-know technical features including filters, parameters, and sets


Key syntax for creating the most useful analyses


How to bring it all together with dashboards. And more!