Jesse's 10 Spreadsheet Suggestions

Joe and Jesse talk about spreadsheets on The Roundtable, Tuesday, August 21, 2017 11:30 AM on WAMC.

Everyone uses spreadsheets. Most people use them incorrectly. 

Here are some of Jesse's suggestions for spreadsheets.

  1. Spreadsheets are not for formatting data. If you want to make nice rows and columns, use a word processor or page layout app.
  2. If you don't have any formulas in your spreadsheet, see #1.
  3. If you have to check totals or subtotals, you're doing it wrong.
  4. If your formulas break when you add or remove data, you're probably not using SUM (and other functions) properly.
  5. If you have several tables in your spreadsheet, turn the tables into a workbook (Excel) or use separate tables (Numbers).
  6. Put a comment in your spreadsheet and update it when you make changes.
  7. Merge cells and center titles for neatness.
  8. Destroy old versions unless you clearly archive them by file and title.
  9. If you need to put multiple lines in a cell, you probably want a related table in a database (or a related spreadsheet)
  10. Run away quickly from anyone who says "According to the spreadsheet..."

 

WAMC Roundtable Tuesday August 22, 20167 11:30 AM

It seems as if everyone uses spreadsheets. Most people don't think about them too much, but there are ways to improve your spreadsheet use.

Joe and Jesse talk about spreadsheets on The Roundtable what you probably know (that's right), what you probably know (that's irrelevant), and what you probably know (that's wrong).

Here's a link to three sets of best practice modeling standards  http://www.ssrb.org/standards

Download a comparison of several sets of standards here: Standards Comparison

It's probably more than you want to know so we'll boil it down to a few simple practices.

Roundtable Tuesday July 18, 2017 11:30 AM

We'll talk about the flip-side of data retention and archiving: getting rid of what you don't need to keep. We may also talk about how your communication and messaging apps may be saving lots and lots of data. 

On the topic of security, this article from The Atlantic raises some good points. It starts from Henry Stimson's famous line: "Gentlemen do not read each others' mail."