»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders


Friday, May 1st, 2009

The ‘moving’ means to an end

Hans Rosling wanted to show the best statistics ever seen at a TED conference. In my opinion, it was only one of the best presentations of statistics. Here are the pros and cons for using animation in data analysis.

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Bean counter … and proud of it

Controllers are bean counters – and that is a good thing! After all, good entrepreneurs are as well. And too many captains on one ship spoil the course.

Friday, January 9th, 2009

More pie, anyone?

This blog is for the pie haters out there. If you have a sensitive stomach, please read with caution! Nothing but pies and one is worse than the next. This time, with examples from FTD, Handelsblatt, WamS and SZ…

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Pies are for eating – not measuring!

After plenty of goose, duck and gingerbread, here’s something else to chew on. The pies have got to go! Warning: This blog is nothing for those with weak stomachs.

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Sailing under a pirate flag

Right now, it’s pretty safe to be a pirate – even though navies around the world are already sharpening their grappling hooks. As far as reporting is concerned, it also pays to be a buccaneer … and the Wall Street Journal agrees.

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Rough cut bars may hurt

Stacked, pie and area charts are very common, yet very useless in management reports, presentations and mass media alike. Bars can add meaning…but only if they show variances instead of raw data.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Do managers have to ride rabid tigers? Part II

In Part I, we reviewed Bella’s law of proportionality, measured it with the lie factor, and tried to save the world through standardization. Today, we will tame the tiger for good.

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Do managers have to ride rabid tigers?

Some people place logarithmic scales on the same level as rabid tigers. Without them, however, every second chart would have the wrong scale. In part one of this two-part series, we will show how you can tame the beast.

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Reference bars

Last time, we piled up the arguments against stacked charts. Today, we will show a better way to compare components using graphical tables and reference bars.

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Stacking is out

People often use stacked charts to compare components – but the effect rarely works. Learn why that is and what alternatives are available.

Essays

Death to business charts!
Why business charts must die

Graphic tables
Lay back and control

Industrial reporting
Production-like efficiency for management reporting

Can we drive companies
like we do cars?

Against dashboards, speedometers and traffic lights in Controlling

Business Intelligence 2.0
modest, serious, sincere

Rediscovering slowness
Sparklines make us John Franklins in management information.

Good reporting is boring
Looking for excitement?
Try a night on the town instead.

Are sports fans smarter
than managers?

Management reports need to become more dense and dashboards more rare

The myth of data mining
Why men don't buy beer and diapers at the same time.

Numerical blindness?
I wouldn't see a doctor, if I were you.