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August 31, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I got a chance to support a great organization in South Seattle -- SouthEast Effective Development -- by participating in a fun golf tournament. Relevant Strategies was a silver sponsor and we got to bring a foursome to participate at Jefferson Golf Course. Our team did well and we loved the opportunity to be a part of something import...

May 14, 2018

Never underestimate the time it takes to find good data, clean it, and explore what the data is telling.

I started the 2018 Tableau #IronViz competition with the broad theme of "books and literature". You could go anywhere with that.

Eventually, I settled on a rich data set about public library systems. There was all sorts of interesting data -- e-book volume,...

April 23, 2018

I need some help! 

I’m seeking some ideas about literature-related data visualization opportunities. 


  • The company Tableau is doing an “Iron Viz Global” competition, as they do every year. It’s like the Iron Chef competitions, but for data analysts. Pretty geeky, I know.

  • This year’s first feeder theme is “Books and Literature” (how fun is tha...

April 2, 2018

I completed a professional certificate in data visualization from the University of Washington in 2017. This work gave me the opportunity to refresh my analytic skills with modern tools, like Tableau. Last week, Tableau Public selected 10 people from around the world as featured authors. I'm thrilled to be a part of this incredible group of talented analysts...

March 7, 2018

I remember spending hours in libraries, doing research, looking for articles, making notes on index cards. 

Now, I can't remember the last time I physically went to a library, even though I cherish and make good use of my memberships at multiple university and public libraries. Just like I can't remember the last time I went to a physical bank branch to cash...

August 16, 2017

The federal government provides funds to assist all students in reaching their educational goals. Our state has created a draft plan that describes how those funds will be used to support students and teachers. The 2nd draft of the plan is now available for public comment, and there are several events scheduled to learn more about the plan. See OSPI's Every...

August 16, 2017

Way back when I was a kid, I loved mathematics. In fact, I loved it so much I went on to get a degree in math, then master's level work in statistics. Much of my early career involved scientific data analysis. So fun, truly.

One thing that drove me nuts was analysis or research that was presented in a way that made it difficult for regular humans to understan...

December 8, 2016

This is a big deal. Congress passed legislation with strong bipartisan support to replace No Child Left Behind with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Each state has to create a plan to address how they will implement the new law. I was fortunate to be able to work with hundreds of talented and dedicated people to help create the draft plan for Washington State...

April 25, 2016

I've facilitated groups for years. Truly effective groups have some common characteristics and agreements that help them gel and get things done. Over time, I've collected thousands of group-generated norms. 



I've found that the most profound group agreements fall into two big buckets - creating a culture of dependability and accountability, and playing wel...

March 30, 2016

I'm particularly fascinated by drug commercials on TV. Whenever one pops up, I find myself pulled to attention, seeing the healthy, happy and vibrant people, made healthy, happy and vibrant by the latest new pharmaceutical. </end sarcasm> The commercials are so warm and fuzzy, it makes you want to take the drug, even if you don't have the underlying conditio...

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