»Me, myself and BI«

Bissantz ponders

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Report Performance Measurement

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

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, March 14th, 2008

Pimp my chart, Bill!

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

No norm? No comparison!

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

The scale is your message

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

Road signs, not red lights

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?


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.