Kevin Lehrbass Takes Us Inside the Mind of an Analyst

Kevin Lehrbass Takes Us Inside the Mind of an Analyst

Kevin Lehrbass of My spreadsheet Lab posted this video Sunday night and there are aspects of it that need to be highlighted while it’s still hot out of the oven. PEOPLE PROCESSES TOOLS In keeping with a recent theme of People-Processes-Tools, Kevin’s video is a superb example of the People […]

Comparing R and Excel Makes No Darn Sense

Comparing R and Excel Makes No Darn Sense

Please forgive me because I’m blogging while angry. I’ve read a few articles that compare R and Excel and I’m steamed. But first: why does this matter? Why respond? Shiny New Thing Syndrome is easy to fuel with a comparison of options. Rather than just get to work with existing tools, it […]

R, Excel and Data in the PDX

R, Excel and Data in the PDX

Last year I wrote a blogpost describing Excel as the Dennis Rodman of business intelligence tools. In the blogpost I described events where data management and data scientists got together, and Excel skill was welcomed in a very odd way. Like the NBA player, Hall of Fame inductee, 5x champion, […]

Data Management in Perspective: People & Processes

Data Management in Perspective: People & Processes

Two must-read articles as we start managing our data in 2015: What End of Year Data Predictions Mean by Jordan Goldmeier, Cambia Factor CEO, Excel MVP and co-host of ExcelTV. Technology Can’t Ever Solve the Information Management Problem by Joe Shepley, VP and Practice Leader at Doculabs Please read those articles. For this blogpost, […]

Is Excel For The Common Man? YES!

Is Excel For The Common Man? YES!

My friend Mike asked, “is Excel for the common man?” The answer is yes, but I had to find a good example for someone who’s recently retired and has no workplace need for Excel. But, wherever there’s data, there’s opportunity to use Excel. Wherever there’s data, a need to interpret […]

My 3 Words for 2015

My 3 Words for 2015

Over the past few years I’ve joined this activity of choosing 3 words as a theme for the new year. Chris Brogan started this back in 2006, and here’s his suggestion on how you can go about choosing your words: How to Choose Your Three Words Lots of people pick words […]

REDUX: Interviewing for Excel Skill

REDUX: Interviewing for Excel Skill

Last week I was in a cafe and saw 2 professional-looking middle-aged gentlemen at a table. One guy told the other how he’d advised someone not to take a computerized Excel exam as part of an interview. His personal experience was that those exams are just frustration. “You get in […]

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