On one hand, data skills are impossible to learn (and we blame the individual). On the other hand, companies tell us that advanced coding skills are easy to develop, 1, 2, 3! How can these be true at the same time? Who benefits from these messages? It's classic capitalism doublespeak: make non-data people feel insignificant and intimidated, then sell us a solution to our problem. I call BULLSHIT on these dynamics and offer 8 tips for wrangling a sloppy spreadsheet that you can use right away!
There's certainly plenty of resources about how to be a mentor, how to pick a mentor, or why to seek out mentorship in the first place, but what about tips about how to be a good mentee? Here's a spreadsheet I use to keep track of mentorship commitments and make sure I show up as a good mentee!
Online-to-offline digital organizing is all the rage, but what about online to offline spreadsheets (aka printing)? If you've ever struggled to print Google Sheets, this tutorial is for you. Come for the gifs, stay for the tips!
What should you do if the built in Excel Table Styles don't match your colors or preferences? Create a Custom Table Style, of course! Here's a post that walks you through the "how" and "why" to customize your table designs. Here's a hint- think about who else uses your spreadsheets besides just YOU! Come for the puns and stay for the data 🙂
Reflecting on what database managing and farming have to do with each other. Come for the puns, stay for the data tips!
How to filter a list based on another list, featuring one of my favorite data tools... the VLOOKUP! Plus, some examples for how this tool can be used for political organizing, and the "pull rabbit out of the hat" meme makes another appearance.
Have you ever played spreadsheet hide and seek with hidden columns, filter views, and more? Or have you ever needed to temporarily hide or restrict access to certain information? If yes, then this post is for you (plus, cute bunny gifs!)
What do you do if you're outgrowing a contact list in Google Sheets? How can you store info for a political campaign before you go live with a database? Last but not least, how to link Google Forms to existing Google Spreadsheets. Onward!
5 concrete ways to unravel Impostor Syndrome (praise the planning crew for the Salesforce.Org Open Source Community Sprints!), plus some cute cartoons.
My job is to be a database administrator... and so much more! When users get frustrated and angry with me, I rely on lessons I've learned from my activism. Read on for stories, suggestions, questions, answers, and more questions!