Managing Projects with Key Performance Indicators

Managing Projects with Key Performance Indicators

Beginning a new project can feel like a daunting endeavor to undertake in a small-to-medium size business. Poorly planned projects can be a drain on company resources and lead to apprehension on future initiatives. At some point it is likely that your organization has sponsored a project only to have the scope and/or budget run over with little to no desired results achieved. 

Dialing Back Ugly Dashboards

Dialing Back Ugly Dashboards

Since the dawn of time man has been trying to tell stories with pictures.  Cave drawings told stories about great hunts, travels to seasonal camps, the number of people living in an area, and so on.  Mankind thought we had evolved past this until the 1980's, when Pictionary came about and we once again found ourselves attempting to depict entire stories through wild gestures, crude drawings and repeatedly pointing to the same thing over and over all while wondering why your audience wasn't getting it . . . 

Building your own website is as easy as riding a bike . . .

Building your own website is as easy as riding a bike . . .

You've seen the ads on TV, in various news feeds and in your email box - you can build your own website in under an hour.  Wix, GoDaddy, SquareSpace and others all promote "easy to use" website builders which promise to allow you to design and build a website - quickly and easily.  The templates . . . the thousands of templates . . . look really cool, artsy or cutting edge.  The sample websites are breathtaking and feature celebrity endorsements - surely if Keanu Reeves can build a website, you can too!  Right?

The Analytics of . . . Beer?

The Analytics of . . . Beer?

The craft beer industry is growing and thriving – especially in Colorado.  With that growth comes the challenge of running day-to-day operations while growing and planning for future success.  You have to understand the costs of goods sold, margin, operating expenses, revenue by sales channel and style – as well as a myriad of other metrics.  This often means utilizing different software for each need, resulting in fragmented data and lots of manual time and effort to bring it all together.

Mitigating Risk in your data

Mitigating Risk in your data

Recently, Quandary consultants were helping a client cleanse data when they noticed an interesting pattern in an ID column.  The ID column, up to a certain point in time, had numbers in it that followed a pattern of ###-##-####.

The column contained Social Security Numbers.  Unencrypted, generally available Social Security Numbers.