By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Saturday, May 01st 2021, 07:33:22 AM.
Goals take time to achieve and big goals take bigger time to achieve. Often we set lofty goals for ourselves but get overwhelmed by how we can possibly get all of It done, or if we are actually making any progress towards these goals after all of this effort. Both of these concerns can be overcome by creating a goal spreadsheet to track our goals, our progress towards them and the tasks needed to get to these goals. It is easy to set up a goals spreadsheet and it can make achieving the goals much more efficient. Know your goals Before you can start to create an effective goals spreadsheet you first must know your goals. I know this sounds simplistic, but if you do not know where you are heading the goals spreadsheet will be unable to get you there. If you do not know your destination the map is irrelevant, if you are driving from Chicago to St. Louis a map of the East coast cannot help you. The map is only as good as the final destination the map is designed to direct you towards.
Yet there is no tool for project management that is more popular or widespread than the spreadsheet, despite the fact that spreadsheets are not designed to be project support tools. Even in organizations with an established project management tool, spreadsheets are used. There are obvious reasons for this. A spreadsheet program is on almost every computer in every organization, people are familiar with spreadsheets and how to use them, and people are pre-disposed to use these "office" types of software tools to solve problems. And I am right there with them. I love using spreadsheets to track all kinds of data. It is easy, convenient, and I admit ego-boosting to show off what I can do in a spreadsheet.
For example, Gartner, Inc., the worlds leading IT research and advisory company, describes business intelligence platforms as having three core categories of functionality (integration, information delivery, and analysis) and 13 capabilities (infrastructure, metadata management, development tools, collaboration, reporting, dashboards, ad hoc queries, Microsoft Office integration, search-based, OLAP, interactive visualizations, predictive modeling and data mining, and scorecards. While the technology itself is complex, many modern BI platforms are easy to use and loaded with features. For example, cloud-based BI platforms require only a Web browser, making deploying the platform a simple matter of signing up for an account and logging in. Of course, theres more to it than that. This particular tool provides users with the ability to analyze data from disparate sources and "mash it up." These mashups allow for quick and easy visual analysis and ad hoc reporting tailored to the users specific needs.