Dear Analyst #73: From a career in the U.S. Navy to data analytics YouTuber with Luke Barousse

The path to a career in data analytics can be full of twists and turns. Along the way, you pick up tools like Excel, Python, Tableau, and R. What about learning how to use YouTube and growing an audience of 50,000+ from publishing videos about data analytics? I’m always fascinated by people who are able […]

Dear Analyst #72: A simple trick to be faster in Excel on the Mac (like you are on the PC)

The impetus for this episode is a new Google Sheet (and Excel) tip I just shared on Instagram and TikTok (I never thought I’d join these platforms to start posting tips but alas, this is how people learn these days). After I learned how to be productive the PC version of Excel, I opened my […]

Dear Analyst #71: Benn Stancil, Co-Founder and Chief Analytics Officer at Mode Analytics on all things analytics

Learning the tips and tricks for doing data analysis in Excel is great and all, but stepping back to see the bigger picture leads to better questions (and answers) you can ask as an analyst. Benn Stancil is one of the founders at Mode Analytics, a data visualization platform you may have used before. Benn […]

Dear Analyst #70: New advanced PivotTable class and a PivotTable calculated field trick for percentages

I’ve been planning a few advanced Excel classes with Skillshare and excited to launch my first one today called Advanced PivotTable Techniques for Analyzing and Presenting Data Faster. I use PivotTables on and off depending on the task at hand. In preparation for this class, I had the opportunity to research and learn some advanced […]

Dear Analyst #69: Import data from another Google Sheet and filter the results to show just what you need

You may be filtering and sorting a big dataset in a Google Sheet and want to see that dataset in another Google Sheet without having to copying and pasting the data each time the “source” data is updated. To solve this problem, you need to somehow import the data from the “source” worksheet to your […]

Dear Analyst #68: Generate unique IDs for your dataset for building summary reports in Google Sheets

If your dataset doesn’t have a unique identifier (e.g. customer ID, location ID, etc.), sometimes you have to make one up. The reason you need this unique ID is to summarize your dataset into a nice report to be shared with a client or internal stakeholders. Usually your dataset will have some kind of unique […]

Dear Analyst #67: Automating tedious tasks with scripts and solving problems software can’t fix

This episode is actually a recap of a talk I gave at a meetup. After reflecting a bit about the subject matter, I wanted to discuss some other topics that are more important than writing VBA scripts or doing stuff in Excel. At the meetup, I discussed a VBA script and Google App Script I […]

Dear Analyst #66: How to update and add new data to a PivotTable with ramen ratings data

PivotTables have been on my mind lately (you’ll see why in a couple weeks). An issue you may face with PivotTables is how to change the source data for a PivotTable you’ve meticulously set up. You have some new data being added to your source data, and you have to change the PivotTable source data […]

Dear Analyst #65: Eliminating biases in sports data and doing a data science bootcamp with Caiti Donovan

When you think of sports and data, you may think about all the data collect on player performance and game stats. There’s another world of sports data that is usually overlooked: the fans. In this episode, I speak with Caiti Donovan, the VP of Data & Insights at Sports Innovation Lab, a sports market research firm. […]

Dear Analyst #64: Architecting revenue data pipelines and switching to a career in analytics with Lauren Adabie of Netlify

Transforming Netlify’s data pipeline one SQL statement at a time. Lauren Adabie started her career analyzing data and answering questions about the data at Zynga. As a data analyst at Netlify, she’s doing more than just exploratory analysis. She’s also helping build out Netlify’s revenue data pipeline; something she’s never done before. We discuss how […]