Saturday, May 05, 2007

Charts graphs and other lies

"Write the vision,
and make it plain upon tables,
that he may run that readeth it."
-Habakkuk 2:2

One of the components of John Boyd's OODA Loop, is orientation. Charts and graphs are a great help in such matters. The challenge is not to fool one's self by charting the wrong or misleading data... notice that I did not say "information." Eli Goldratt has taught that "data" are the raw or unorganized collection of perhaps almost random facts.

"Information" is the answer to a given query. A small idea that makes a huge difference in prospective! But I digress...

Charts can show trends. A most excellent tool for achieving results. Figure out how to chart the important data concerning operations and activities around your businesses weakest link (and only the weakest link), then create valuable information with the appropriate chart or graph. Sometimes a pie chart. Often a bar chart. Once in a while, a scatter graph.

Then do something!

Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey, Publisher

P.S. Remember that the Purple Curve Effect is a given, once one addresses the weakest link and ONLY the weakest link. Life is too short to waste it on non-events.

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