In the 20 or so years of family medicine practice since I learned this skill from Davis (which I implemented approximately 3 minutes later), the simple act of run chart analysis of a broad variety of medical data has shown me things that “experts” fail to see, even using their own data...As Davis has likely now said more 100,000 times, “Please stop arguing until you’ve plotted the bloody points!” This method would save thousands of hours ($) in debates over analysis of
tabular data (an efficient means of hiding them). If a process changes over time but you do not analyze it over time, then you are wasting time. Over-analyzing (even with control charts) wastes even more time. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) said, “There’s liars, and then there’s damned liars, and then there’s statisticians.”, except Davis.
-- recent LinkedIn comment from a family physician
The "Balestracci belt" is not for the faint of heart.
After last newsletter's challenge regarding conscious improvement and the need to change mindsets, I'm sure many of you felt like:
Now that you've had a week to "sleep on it," perhaps it might not seem so daunting?
The purpose isn't to have charts. The purpose is to use the charts.
As you see, today's newsletter is brief. It contains a simple lesson that I'm willing to bet will cause an "Aha!" because of your transitioning mindset. You will go from being a "victim" to an "active warrior" because you are going to see familiar territory through a new lens...and know how to take actions that will get eye-opening results.
It is the third in my series of public domain instructional videos for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid National Learning & Action Network Series. It deals with the ongoing plague of "red, yellow (amber), green traffic light" data displays with some additional important lessons regarding percentages (especially percentage goals) that will be new to many of you.
The link below will take you to Y o u t u b e, which I know some organizations block.
[To make it functional, copy and paste, substituting: y**t*be (dot) = "youtube."]
Dealing with "Red, Yellow (Amber), Green" Data Displays, especially Percentages:
https://www.y**t*be (dot) com/watch?v=w6F8n3qMJ4c&index=6&list=PL8A2OpniaYn7IayqKCWCMo96ZL-AC3yxr
Growing in conscious improvement skills
I hope this is the beginning of a l-o-o-n-g, productive career for you in conscious, built-in improvement:
I'm always here as an ally and mentor and easy to find. I'll even help you plot your first "dot."
With warm regards, best wishes, and gratitude for your readership,
Chapter 2 of Data Sanity contains 10 everyday real data scenarios representing opportunities that will enhance your credibility and gain deserved respect for your role
- Data Sanity was designed to create dialogue between executives and improvement practitioners while simultaneously creating a common organizational language for everyone – to embed “improvement” into leadership and organizational DNA. [eBook also available]
- A very valuable adjunct resource: I have shared the outstanding, easy-to-use run and control chart macro BPChart with over a thousand of you over the years. Its developer, my respected colleague Mike Mercer, has now made it available as a commercial product. Given the current prices of software, it is a steal! (I want to make it clear that I have no commercial interest)
- Click here for more information, contact Mike via e-mail or through his web site, and he will get the ball rolling (great guy!): [email protected]
- I have a simplified tutorial that I would be delighted to share with you (contact me) -- it teaches the "20 percent of BPChart that will solve 80 percent of your problems."
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