Data Storytelling: The Prequel

Humans have been telling stories for as long as we’ve been on this planet. Our stories connect us and help us make sense of the world. In his book “The Storytelling Animal,” Jonathan Gottschall says our love of narrative is what sets people apart from all other species. Now that our economy increasingly runs on data, it makes perfect sense that we humans need to storify all those facts and figures in order to really engage with them in a meaningful way.

Data storytelling is fun, compelling and involves pretty pictures (or data visualizations as my fellow analysts call them). It attracts attention and helps decision makers focus in and act on important insights. In my next blog post, I’m going to give you tips for telling juicy data stories. But here in Part I, like any good storyteller, we need to make sure the scene is set with care. Before data can tell a story, it needs to be conscientiously prepped and responsibly analyzed.

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Blog Roundup: Core Values in the Workplace

It’s the week of Thanksgiving—and teams across the country are starting to slow down and think Turkey! Thanksgiving brings a time of reflection and an opportunity to exercise your gratitude mindset. At Mind Over Machines, we are grateful to have CEO and Founder, Tom Loveland at the helm, because he values and champions innovative workplace culture.

This past year, Loveland shared his CEO Culture Hacks on our blog. So, before you head out for the holidays, have a read, get inspired, and figure out how to bring imagination, innovation, and creativity to your team.

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Change Management: Planning for Successful Change

You know organizational change is challenging. I’ll spare you the gloom and doom change management statistics because:
(A) The claim that 70% of organizational change initiatives fail has been widely discredited.
(B) Constantly harping about how hard change is just becomes “a toxic self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Change may not be easy, but it is the one constant of the human condition. We’ve been changing (evolving) since our ancestors started banging stones into tools, and look how far we’ve come! Your organization can absolutely achieve meaningful change; you just have to plan for it. Let me introduce you to the three phases of successful change management.

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Climbing Your Adoption Everest

You’ve painstakingly selected and implemented technology that optimizes your business processes. Why aren’t your employees using it?

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Inject Intelligence into Your Reporting

5 minute read

We’ve got some good news and some bad news. As is tradition, let’s start with the bad news.

Bad News: Businesses are drowning in distributed data. There’s so much to know and – thanks to cloud computing and IoT – it’s so far-flung that a data warehouse could never contain it and static reporting could never convey it.

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Strategic IT Partner Selection

8 minute read

Ever since hunting and gathering gave way to agrarian society, the marketplace has been evolving. That’s thousands of years of fine tuning who does what – narrowing focus, gaining expertise. Now it’s 2019, and everyone is a specialist.

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Reflections of an Enterprising Woman

4 minute read

Carrie Schuckle has been busy since last November. That’s when she assumed her new position here as Chief Delivery Officer (CDO). She was made for the role, or perhaps more accurately, the role was made for her because it blends her nearly 20 years of experience and expertise in software development, consulting and project management with her natural ability to connect with people and anticipate their business needs.

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When You Get Stuck, Talk to the Duck

3 minute read

What It Means to “Rubber Duck Debug”

Do you ever get stuck on a coding problem and, to help figure it out, you begin talking to yourself, or to a rubber duck on your desk?  Just me? Okay. Well, it’s unfortunate society associates self-talk with lunacy, because this underutilized problem-solving tool is excellent for debugging.

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The Distress Call

5 minute read

The call from the West Coast came in to our Baltimore office on a Monday afternoon. The caller (we’ll call her Lois) was on Day 3 of a total system shutdown. She was officially in crisis. Lois’s firm – a 24/7 public records research firm that earns much of its revenue from online transactions – had gone offline.

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Let Them Eat KPI

5 minute read

The spotlight on IT in the healthcare industry has never been more blinding. Healthcare reform (e.g., Meaningful Use, ICD-10 conversion) has mandated IT investment in the name of improved clinical/quality outcomes, reduced medical errors and standardized care. Even without these reforms, however, the increasing role of IT in positively impacting the cost and quality of patient care has become a top priority for healthcare provider organizations.

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