2012 Focal Points

I’m not one for making New Year resolutions; in fact as I told my father-in-law the other day, “I resolved to stop making resolutions a long time ago”. However I felt that from a professional perspective it makes sense to at least have some focal points for the year ahead.

From my point of view, 2011 was a pretty good year all things considered. There were plenty of ups and downs, both from the personal and professional aspects of my life but I think, in retrospect, the downs were outnumbered by the ups. Continue reading

Is there a Doctor in the House?

I’ve been reading Danette McGilvray’s excellent book, Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information, in which she uses the analogy of a Doctor utilising a “quick fix” to treat a patient rather than undertaking a thorough assessment, to help establish the importance of root cause analysis. This somehow got me thinking about Dr Gregory House; the main character in the television series ‘House M.D.’. What triggered the thought was the obvious doctor connection, but I started to think more about the way that ‘House’ undertakes his assessments. Continue reading