Gitgud At Excel, Fast

Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time should know that I am a whiz at Excel. I have graduated from the Excel guy to analyst now, but for a good few years I was the Excel guy and becoming an analyst has only expanded my Excel skills further. So one thing that Read More

The Death Of The Desktop Is A Tragedy

Something you often notice in modern workplaces is that a lot of people are working from laptops, even when they have a desk and never move it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, portability is inherently useful and more easily allows remote working after all. Remote working is the way to go! But when you have Read More

This Excel Guy Is An Analyst

It is not uncommon for me to compare my last job with this one and feel grateful for what I’m doing now. Today I found myself there again. Recently I’ve been tracking my working time on Toggl, not everything but close enough. Today, all my time spent working on the report came to less than an Read More

Linear Algebra And Excel Spreadsheets

Although I am just beginning with Linear Algebra, one thing occurred to me about matrices and vectors. I worried that in my ignorance, I was simply misunderstanding, but maybe not. I stumbled across the following quote and my little thought made sense: Linear algebra gives you mini-spreadsheets for your math equations https://betterexplained.com/articles/linear-algebra-guide/ Now THAT is something Read More

Giving Up To Win: A Story Of Goal Seek

For the last couple of weeks, I have been intermittently working on a fiendishly challenging Excel problem. This was something I’d not encountered before, there was no simple formula or method for it. Searching online yielded results that worked in specific circumstances, but not mine. And the only reason I finally succeeded, was because I knew Read More

Failing At A Paid Course And Enjoying It

Today I took the plunge on the Business Statistics Specialization I’ve been enjoying for the past few weeks. I fully enrolled with the 7 day free trial then £37 a month until I complete the course. Why? Because I finally started working on the final capstone course and saw that there are peer-reviewed assessments. Having got Read More

The Secret Powers Of Excel

As I’ve progressed through the Business Statistics Specialization on Coursera, one of the things that I’ve noted, and been grateful for, is that you don’t need to fully understand the maths of statistical methods to use them. The main thing you need to know and be able to us, are Excel functions. There are Excel functions Read More

Learning Teaches Us How Little We Really Know

The more you learn, the more you realise how much there is left to learn. I was reminded of this important lesson today when I was trying to use a smarter way to populate an Excel report and came up against some challenges. Even though the way I was preparing the report was much better than Read More

Master Excel Reporting With PowerPivot And CUBE Formulas

Here’s a post for the Excel nerds out there, because this was so helpful to me over the past couple of days that it is worth talking about. For non-Excel nerds, if you work in analysis or reporting, give this post a quick glance at least, you might pick up something useful!