Tag Archives: variation

There really is only one test!

Attention performance people! Attention people who use numbers for performance! That’s you! You have one job! One job only! The purpose of your job, listen up, here it is, I’m about to tell you….it is to find out… “Is the … Continue reading

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The Curious Case Of The Chart That Didn’t Bark In The Night

“Why has this performance indicator gone down three months in a row?” Regular readers of this blog will know the answer to this question already, without any knowledge of the indicator in question, or the work being measured. “It’s probably … Continue reading

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How to be hopelessly untrendy

I got me some data! Done gone put it in a graph! Added meself a TRENDLINE! And me answer is THE TREND IS DOWNWARDS! This is what happens when people get data and have excel. They stick it in and press … Continue reading

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How to be fooled by randomness

This is a roulette wheel. It is a machine for producing numbers between 0 and 36. Sometimes it produces a 7… Then sometimes it produces a 13… If a 7 is produced on one spin and a 13 on the … Continue reading

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I don’t know much about control charts (but I know what I like)

I’ve never been trained in using control charts, never passed a test or worked with anyone who’s knowledgeable in them. Everything I’ve learned has been off of the Internet Or books, books as well, they’re famously good for¬†learning. Cunninghams Law … Continue reading

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Only bullies, cowards or fools set targets

This is the story of a teacher in a UK school who was set a target of 75% exam pass rate. This summer the pass rate was 65%. If we ignore all the things we know about measures and targets … Continue reading

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Weather and climate

Freaking out because your KPIs aren’t working like they should? Here’s a tip: Allow the passage of time to occur. Just as it’s always darkest before dawn, data is always worse before it gets better. All you have to do … Continue reading

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