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Data Fluency

By : Zach Gemignani, Chris Gemignani, Richard Galentino, Patrick Schuermann, Nathan Yau‚ÄØ
Book Image

Data Fluency

By: Zach Gemignani, Chris Gemignani, Richard Galentino, Patrick Schuermann, Nathan Yau‚ÄØ

Overview of this book

Analytical data is a powerful tool for growing companies, but what good is it if it hides in the shadows? Bring your data to the forefront with effective visualization and communication approaches and let?Data Fluency:?Empowering Your Organization with Effective Communication?show you the best tools and strategies for getting the job done right. Learn the best practices of data presentation and the ways that reporting and dashboards can help organizations effectively gauge performance, identify areas for improvement, and communicate results. Topics covered in the book include data reporting and communication, audience and user needs, data presentation tools, layout and styling, and common design failures. Those responsible for analytics, reporting, or BI implementation will find a refreshing take on data and visualization in this resource, as will report, data visualization, and dashboard designers.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Free Chapter
1
Foreword
12
Titlepage
13
Copyright
14
Dedication
15
About the Authors
16
Credits
17
Acknowledgments
18
End-User License Agreement

Introduction

How do you change minds?

My brother and I huddled in my basement, putting the finishing touches on our analysis. The sun had set and our presentation was the following morning. We had spent the last month gathering data about student retention at online schools. We wanted to know what caused students to leave and what kinds of students tended to stay.

We had the slides to share with the executive team. The presentation summarized an attrition model, segmented the student population, and offered recommendations. Yet we felt something was missing.

How could we teach people to care?

Behind our numbers were individual students who chose the online school, took out student loans to pay for their education, spent hours with the online coursework, consulted with teachers, and tried to keep up with the schedule. Our analysis flattened the individual stories, successes, and struggles of these students. How could we bring real life back into our presentation?

As the clock ticked toward...