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Marcel Krčah

Tackling confusion with spreadsheet tables

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I think that I have this tendency that when I don't understand something, I try to turn it into a spreadsheet table. Such tables have been a tremendous help for me in tackling confusion and turning it into more clarity and control. So I thought I'll try to share a few real-life examples:

A checklist for system migration

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An overview of who works on what

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Status of a four-month project

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Deciding things

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Update: This idea can be taken further by voting

Coming up with a domain model

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Tackling confusion about grid operator

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I was also happy to find out that Simon Eskildsen touched upon this topic on his blog; where he describes how he started to force visuals into problems to gain perspective.

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