Learning Excel By Building

Every day someone new is thrown into a data-driven/Excel situation and they don't know where to start. So, they flail, panic, curse, pray and beg, and either figure it out or they don't figure it out. I wondered, "what might a better introduction look like?" Teaching...

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More Excel Videos in 2016

As we move forward in 2016 you will see a lot more video from me and fewer long-form blogposts.  As 2015 closed there was a stretch where I'd uploaded 5 videos over 2 weeks. That level of production has never happened over the 5-ish years of this blog. One thing that...

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Beware the Octopus Spreadsheet

So many spreadsheets require basic math, but poor layout makes a spreadsheet unnecessarily complicated and brittle. They don't need sophisticated dashboards, forecasts, statistical analysis, or connections to a database. They just need to perform basic tasks like:...

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Microsoft MVP Summit 2015: Reflections

Last week I participated in my first Microsoft MVP Summit and it was a great experience. Several thousand MVPs are invited--each Microsoft product has its own MVP program. Word. Xbox, SQL Server, PowerPoint, Project ... everythign! There are approximately 100 Excel...

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Mo & the Bull Named Gnarly Data

My friend Mo works in the areas of branding and marketing. He text messaged me over the weekend, but I didn't see it until about 5 hours after he'd sent the message. He was asking if I had a second to go over some Excel stuff with him. By the time we did talk on the...

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30 Years of Excel

This week Microsoft Excel celebrates its 30th birthday and there's a lot going on. Over at the Contextures blog, Excel MVP Debra Dalgleish sent out a general call for people to submit their early memories of Excel. This week she will be posting the stories. So, put...

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