Peer-to-Peer Assistance

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With peer-to-peer assistance, you encourage others to share and transfer their Tableau knowledge. This allows your user community to leverage the collective brainpower of the entire organization. A peer-to-peer assistance program will help develop talent and encourage sharing within your organization. By sharing knowledge and leveraging technical skills in a faster way, a peer-to-peer assistance program builds trust among peers, in the program used to enable them, and in Tableau products. Additionally, it provides a social learning experience with relevant topics and examples, and encourages collaboration, hive mind engagement, and internal problem solving. An organization that enables peer-to-peer assistance fosters continuous learning and shows a commitment to data culture, reduces the dependency on the core project team, and deflects the number of tickets opened with IT.

This section outlines mentoring, discussion forums and chat, and Tableau Data Doctor.


With mentoring, experienced Tableau users share their knowledge with others. Champions should take a lead role in onboarding within their teams or departments by mentoring new Tableau users, introducing available data sources, and providing informal check-ins to grow the analytical skills of their team members. Using data from Measurement of Tableau User Engagement and Adoption, champions can partner with Server or Site Administrators to see which users are creating and consuming content and determine who might need more encouragement.

Tableau Discussion Forums & Chat

Discussion forums and other chat-based communications can provide users with information in real time. These methods can also become a knowledge base as archived chats can answer questions that will arise in the future. Set up a Tableau discussion forum, chat room, and/or channel (Slack, Yammer, HipChat), and invite all your Tableau users to join.

Tableau Data Doctor

Tableau Data Doctor fosters engagement and enablement by connecting your Tableau experts with their colleagues who have questions or need help using Tableau. Data Doctors teach fellow employees how to use Tableau and provide one-on-one, and/or one-to-many support across the globe via chat channels, or live one-on-one sessions by listening to the “symptoms” and researching or testing for solutions. Whether they are in a dedicated role or volunteering their time, they are essential to Data Doctor programs of all sizes.

Before getting started

We recommend having the following foundations in place before getting started with your Data Doctor program enablement.

Sponsorship. Identify a sponsor who will be a strong advocate to support and promote Data Doctor in your organization and help you recruit volunteers. Having sponsorship support will help you gain budget approval if you want to invest in technology or secure incentives to reward your volunteers.

Work with your sponsor or your leadership team to confirm Data Doctor is the right solution for your organization to answer your employees’ Tableau technical questions. Ensure your enablement program is aligned with your organization’s business needs, goals, and metrics. For example, if your many individuals at your organization have access to Tableau but are not using it or users generally feel frustrated when they get stuck then your business case should address data-driven goals like:

  • Use the Data Doctor program to increase internal engagement with the product by 10%.
  • Leverage internal expertise to reduce IT tickets about Tableau products by 15%.

Invite your sponsor to be a part of your Internal Tableau Activities such as Tableau Days, Lunch and Learns, etc. so that they can reward, acknowledge, and appreciate the work and efforts made by all individual contributors.

Education. Your internal data community needs to gain Tableau skills and knowledge to reach their full potential and eliminate basic Tableau “how to” questions. For more information about how to train and upskill your organization, please see Tableau Education and Developing a Tableau Education Plan.

If there is already an enablement plan in place in your organization, there may be a need to re-align all individuals who may be answering siloed questions. All Tableau product issues should be raised on a single platform (chat, office hours, or appointments), and siloed team members should be educated to redirect all individual questions to the correct platform/channel.

Centralizing Tableau questions in a single channel could also help reduce reliance on specific Data Doctors and allow more effective knowledge sharing. Wherever you are, be sure to evaluate the program at regular intervals to find opportunities to change, improve, or scale it.

Recruitment. At least one Tableau expert must be identified or hired to answer technical Tableau questions. Set the right expectation about the role, qualifications, the time commitment needed, and goals for their specific involvement.

For example, your Data Doctor might already have a Tableau Desktop Associate certification and volunteer two hours per week. To track their success, you would analyze month-over-month changes of license usage and the number of IT tickets created.

Data Doctor Benefits

There are many benefits of implementing a Data Doctor program in your organization.

Enable peer-to-peer issue resolution. Leverage the expertise of your Tableau champions and experts to help their peers via chat, office hours, appointments, or a practice/clinic.

Discover knowledge or skills gaps. Have your team, department, or organization take a Skills Assessment to evaluate and address the pain points, training, and knowledge gaps in your organization.

Grow data culture. Data Doctor underpins Data Culture, where users in your organization are able to support, govern, and see and understand their own data.

Reduce the number of IT tickets. Enable self-sufficiency and empower your Tableau users to help others instead of relying on your IT resources.

Data Doctor Toolkit Overview

The Data Doctor toolkit is a collection of resources to organize and host your own Data Doctor program. It includes detailed information on the following options:

Option description key features
Chat channel Create a chat channel as the go-to place for your Tableau users to connect and ask questions. All chat channel members can help other members whether they are an expert or just getting started.
  • Low effort
  • Low maintenance
  • At least 1 Data Doctor needed
Office hours and appointments Engage your internal Tableau community to drive higher Tableau product usage, reduce the number of IT tickets created, and connect in one-to-one interactions
  • Moderate effort
  • Weekly maintenance
  • At least 2 Data Doctors needed
Run your own practice Raise awareness, generate excitement, and connect with your Tableau user community multiple times a year.
  • High effort
  • Dedicated time needed to plan and execute
  • At least 10 Data Doctors needed
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