Bullet Chart with Numeric Values Against Target

Use this bullet chart PowerPoint template with numeric values to visualize and compare target vs. actual performance data in 3 qualitative ranges.

Chart Template for PowerPoint

In his template;

  • You can specify same or different target value for each category.
  • You can also specify your own performance range values and labels. 


Bullet Chart



How to use and edit this chart template

To edit this chart template, execute following steps.

  1. Right click on the chart to open chart menu. Click Edit Data. This will open the linked Excel sheet (see video below).
  2. Enter categories in column A.
  3. Specify your own quantitative values for each qualitative performance range in columns D, E and F. In the template with three performance ranges, less than $5,000 is set to poor range , $5,001 – $8,000 is set to acceptable range and $8,001 to $10,000 is set to excellent range.
  4. Enter actual values in column B.
  5. Enter target / budget values in column C. They can be same for all categories or different for each category. 
  6. You can add your data manually or copy data from Excel or any other data source.
  7. Close the Excel sheet.
  8. Easily change Y-axis values from currency to numbers or percentages.
  9. Restyle and customize to change text, fonts, colors etc. to match your brand guidelines, corporate identity / corporate design and preferences.
  10. Modify the template for your own use case, industry or job function. Easily change, add or delete categories and corresponding data series, if you have more/less data than provided in this ready-to-use template.
  11. File format: PPTX. Compatible with PowerPoint 2010 and above.

Use case example: Revenue per employee against target

The bullet chart in above example measures actual revenue generated by seven employees / sales reps against target.  All employees / sales reps have same target, indicated by a black marker line. Actual dollar value of target achievement for each sales rep is indicated by an orange bar.

The actual revenue achievement amounts, in addition to quantitative values, are also auto placed in one of the three qualitative performance ranges – poor, acceptable and excellent, color coded with gray, blue and green colors respectively. 

With a glance at the chart, audience can make out (a) which employees / sales reps have overachieved targets (b) which employees / sales reps haven’t met targets and (c) where do they fall in terms of qualitative performance.  

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