Friday, June 12th, 2009
I’m jealous of people who work in technical professions. They have specific criteria to measure the quality of their output. As a business professional, I want to do exactly that. That’s why I decided to stop waiting and define a few logical quality standards for reporting.
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
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, March 14th, 2008
Graphical elements are supposed to focus your attention on what is important. What they actually show, however, is often misleading. How can you avoid embarrassing mistakes? For starters, just steer clear of Excel chart wizards.
Friday, May 25th, 2007
Correct scaling is vital, if you try to compare multiple data series. Standardization of values is an elegant way to increase comparability of your data and offers new insights which are otherwise not available.
Friday, May 18th, 2007
Chopping the axes of a graph is one of the most common forms of data manipulation. Stretching or squishing the scale is equally taboo. However, different scales might have their validity in certain situations.
Friday, August 19th, 2005
Traffic light functions belong to the same category of dubious analogies as the dashboard. What are the alternatives to this infamous paradigm? How else can we give managers an efficient orientation guide?