Not-so-Stupid Spreadsheet Tricks

Ann All

Remember the bestseller "Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them?" Many folks borrowed the wording to illustrate a particular kind of co-dependency (e.g., Unemployed Men & the Women Who Love Them, Thugs & the Women Who Love Them and Affluent Women & the Men Who Love Them).

 

In that spirit, we'd offer: Inefficient Spreadsheets & the Companies Who Love Them.

 

Companies would do well to take the advice of Forrester Research, which says that since companies can't possibly get rid of spreadsheets, they must figure out how to manage their use as best they can.

 

Helpful advice can be found from an unlikely source: YouTube.

 

A recent CFO.com article offers links to 11 handy Excel resources on YouTube, including "Data Validation in Excel," "Working with the Formula Bar" and "Making a Gantt Chart."


 

Just when you think it can't get any drier, the article throws in "The Hidden 3D Game in Excel 2000" (oh, those crazy Microsoft software developers), a snippet of a song called "Death of the Excel Spreadsheet" and our favorite, a weirdly compelling bit of comedy featuring an anal guy who puts together a spreadsheet to illustrate that he's contributing more to his relationship with his girlfriend than he is getting out of it.



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