The moment you,
The moment, when something is at stake and you’re still unsure, confused or doubting what’s best to do next, That moment tells you it’s time to dive into the data. Yourself. The underlying, raw data, unfiltered and unselected. Getting rid of all subjectivities, layers, design, stories and other wrappings. By reading, counting and re-creating timescales, as well as following one or more individual records. Enabling you to really get what’s going on, what did happened.
Can you dive into the data yourself? Quickly? Finding clarity on the subject? Yes, you can dive into the database, raw data listings or underlying documents and get to know! For example by using the following 5 steps:
Nothing more than a-2-hours-start to get crystal clear on what is. After which you will know what’s needed next:
# 1 Arrange access to the data. E.g. an appointment with the archive staff to review files A and B. Or a read-only account for database C. Schedule a data and time to review the archives, documents, raw data listings and other recordings around the topic you took responsibility for.
#2 Sit down for two hours without any distractions. Start scanning and reading.
#3 Bring the intention to ‘really get to understand what you have here’ while scanning, reading and reviewing things. It helps you to decide quickly, concentrate and gets you to be alert and curious on what the recordings reveal.
#4 One last tip; use your ‘data manager’s mind’. Use your organizer’s skill to record important dates, decisions, (serious) adverse events, names, strange findings etc. This helps to structure the stories in facts and stay away from emotions that could disturb the process of figuring out what’s really going on.
You can invest 2 hours when something is really at stake. After which it suddenly becomes crystal clear what to do next!
True power is in the unpolished data, waiting for the moment you want to see it.
Met vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,
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