Too Much Data, Too Little Analysis

December 28, 2013 Leave a comment

The issue is a straightforward one of simple ability to manage data effectively in order to provide our leaders with actionable information. Too much raw data compromises that ability. That is all there is to it.

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr. Read more…

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Categories: Data 2 Insight

Turning Process Into Procedure (via General Tso’s Chicken)

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Now that you’ve had a chance to see how “the experts” demonstrate their process, while leading you down paths of confusion…let me show you a demonstration and instructions that go down to the procedure level.  This video demonstration, and the instructions that come with it,  While the instructions aren’t as detailed as the video (usually it’s the other way around), if you follow exactly what he’s doing in the video, you will get the same results he did.  In many cases, that is not what happens because the omissions of the obvious and oblivious change the outcome.  Come to think of it, that is an excellent mantra to use in all your process efforts.

Omitting the Obvious and Oblivious will change you Outcome

Before getting into the video I would like to acknowledge the demonstrator, Raymond @ TheArtOfCooking.org.  This site provides video demonstrations on how to cook a number of Chinese, Chinese-American and Japanese dishes.  Their video quality is excellent and I highly recommend their demonstrations for increasing your cooking chops.

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Categories: Process Perfect

Chicken Sitr-Fry with Pat & Gina Neely

October 2, 2013 2 comments

As part of our Process Perfect series, we are going to take a look at the differences between when an expert does something and when they are trying to show you how to do it.  Experts are notorious for teaching with the O’s (omitting the obvious and overlooking the oblivious).  So in this series we are going to take experts demonstrating a process and review where the O’s are either keeping us from getting all of the information or confusing the information we have.

In this video we will review a demonstration of some awesome TV chefs cooking up one of my favorite orders when I get take-out Chinese food.  Pat & Gina Neely are going to show us how to make Broccoli & Chicken Stir-Fry Read more…

Categories: Process Perfect

Paula Deen Shows Us Country Fried Steak

October 2, 2013 2 comments

As part of our Process Perfect series, we are going to take a look at the differences between when an expert does something and when they are trying to show you how to do it.  Experts are notorious for teaching with the O’s (omitting the obvious and overlooking the oblivious).  So in this series we are going to take experts demonstrating a process and review where the O’s are either keeping us from getting all of the information or confusing the information we have.

In this first video we will review a demonstration of one of my favorite TV chefs cooking one of my favorite meals.  Paula Deen is going to show us how to make Country Fried Steak.

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Categories: Process Perfect

Let KPI Train You

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

At KPI, it is our goal to make data analysis, manipulation and presentation into your own personal tool-set.  Some aspects of this are demonstration and some are discussion, but the biggest part of our mission is the train you in the use of everyday tools that can produce valuable and insightful results when they’re used completely.  It is for this reason that we are offering training to familiarize you with some of the essential tools in data and process analysis (MS Excel and MS Visio), as well as the most commonly used presentation media (MS PowerPoint).

Training is provided via the web-conferencing tool, Cisco WebEx.  When you sign-up for a class you will be sent a link for   Class sizes are limited to 10 participants to allow adequate time for questions to be answered.  It is important to note that these each class build from the concepts taught in the previous classes.  Practice files are available for each class at a cost of $5 so you can utilize the concepts enough to let the concepts sink in.  Use and repetition is key in making these concept clear in your mind, and easily remembered.

Visit the KPI Training Shop @ http://kpi-training.myshopify.com/ to purchase your training today!

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Categories: Data 2 Insight, Training

Information Indigestion

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

Herbert Simon (Nobel Prize winner in Economics, 1978)

 

Herbert Simon was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor—most notably at Carnegie Mellon University.  Simon was among the founding fathers of several of today’s important scientific domains, including artificial intelligence, information processing, and organization theory.

Categories: Data 2 Insight

Be a Prototyper, Not a Typewriter

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Guy Kawasaki is the CEO of Garage Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, California.  He is one of the original Apple fellows and is a big part of the success of Apple Computers.  Since then he has broken out and started his own firm providing guidance and seed capital for new businesses in the IT market.  He is the author of 12 business books which include Art of the Start, The Apple Way, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions and his latest book APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book (co-written with Shawn Welch).  He is a canny business mind who makes the business of business into something both simple and digestible.   Read more…

Categories: Presenting Power
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