Let’s face it even if you’re using the best technology on the market when it comes to BI and analytics it’s easy to fall into the “that’s how we’ve always done it” frame of mind. It's the reason so many organizations still produce the same KPI reports for years, or get stuck with partial adoption of BI and a persistent Excel culture. It's why you see managers prioritizing gut feel over data when making decisions, or have some teams that simply get data and others that simply refuse to. Some even fail to recognize that their staff’s data literacy needs work to get the most value from their information assets.
So how do you shake things up?
Where can you find the stimuli when you need it most?
A couple of months back James Richardson and I started looking at how we could distill some of our ideas for challenging traditional BI thinking into a useful and fun resource. The result is a deck of strategy cards that we previewed at Qonnections – if you asked a question after our presentations you might have been lucky enough to be given a deck.
The deck; Data, Decisions and Design - 48 nudges to push BI strategies further consists of a set of 48 cards split into 4 suits. The individual cards deal with a discreet idea designed to help you challenge outmoded approaches, received wisdom and entrenched BI beliefs. Our intent is whether you’re planning a fresh analytics project or reviewing your strategic use of data: reach for the deck and see how you could approach things a little differently. For instance, when considering an analytics challenge like:
How can we move beyond reporting to being more analytic in our use of BI?
Simply draw a couple of cards from the deck to kickstart your thinking...
These aren’t a formal set of methods or techniques but rather they offer hints on how to push the analytics culture of your organization a little further. This way, rather than trying to force yet another new ‘process' or set of methodologies, you can take the ideas and work with them in a way that suits your situation and pace.
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If you are interested in finding out more or want to share a surprising, frustrating or difficult single challenge you’ve encountered when it comes to getting the most out of BI, please email the Qlik Innovation and Design Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.