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Distilling Data Into Information

January 19, 2012

Gantthead posted an excellent guest post by Claire Schwartz, Optimal Decision-Making: Turning Data into Actionable Information.  Schwartz points out the difference between data and information and our role as project manager in distilling data into usable, actionable information.

Great topic for my current Project Execution and Control students.  During project execution, Project Managers are bombarded with data in the form of status, test results, projections to name a few.  Project Managers review this data and process it to determine its usefulness, how to present the data and ultimately figure out what the data means and how it will affect the project.  Schwartz refers to the 4Cs in her post.

Check it out.  It is a quick read and very useful.  Your thoughts?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2012 3:23 pm


    The link does not appear to work. However, absolutely agree with the sentiment of distilling the masses of data to clear messages for senior management.

    I find I spend most of my time thinking about dashboard and report design so that the messages are clear.



    • February 9, 2012 7:29 pm

      Thanks for the heads up, Simon.

      I fixed the link. It should be good to go.


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