Posts Tagged ‘Edward Tufte’

6 Performance Management trends in 2011

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

smartKPIs.com Performance Architect update 38/2011

As we are half way through 2011, it is an excellent time to take stock of the trends shaping up in the performance management space this year.

The link between organizational performance management and risk management. The topic of linking enterprise performance management systems such as the Balanced Scorecard to risk management has been discussed for some time now. The buzz around the topic accelerated this year with the topic being prominently on the agenda of the Balanced Scorecard Forum in Dubai, where a number of speakers including Dr. Robert Kaplan and Paul Niven addressed it. The question for many is who will be the first author to write a book dedicated to this link. Dr. Kaplan seems to be in pole position, with several of his recent presentations addressing the topic and a declared research focus on measuring and managing organization risk. The Australian flavoured ISO 31000 risk management standard has been around for almost 18 months now and can certainly use some help from the Harvard Business Publishing marketing machine in popularizing the topic and raising the profile.


Data visualization. Some of the benefits of visualization are that it helps in generating insights from unstructured data, while supporting communicating these insights to a wider audience. Proof of the ever increasing role of data visualization in communicating performance outcome is the co-optation of Edward Tufte, a leading visualization expert in the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel of the Obama Administration. His insights were essential in the design of www.recovery.gov and a recent article about Tufte introduces him as “the graphics guru to the power elite who is revolutionizing how we see data”. Today data visualization is used across industries and popularised by an ever-increasing number of infographics on topics that range from digital media to economics and social aspects.

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The power of infographics

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

More than ever, we are invaded by large amounts of information coming from an enormous volume of sources. Receiving them in a format that is comfortable for our senses and brain  helps us not only to focus on those things that really matter, but also to gain a better understanding of the knowledge or information presented.

It is argued that between 80% to 90%  of all data absorbed by the human brain is visual (Jensen, 2005, cited by Taylor). With the purpose of better illustrating and facilitating the mental assimilation of information, traditional data visualization tools, such as graphs, pie charts or bar charts, are probably in every professional’s work repository.  However, modern and more complex approaches to design and visualization are emerging and constantly refining.

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Electronic medical records (EMR) data visualization

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Just half of century ago, patient records in the medical practice were kept in the form of traditional written / typed documents. One of the most important developments in the medical practice that was possible with the technological enhancement of computers and, later on, the internet, is considered to be the electronic medical record (EMR). Not only did it permit a better and easier management of patient information within the healthcare unit, but is also made possible the integration of patient intelligence at local or even national level, this integration being vital in the perspective of treating or moving the same patient to other hospitals.

The patient record arose in the 19th century as a highly personalized ‘lab notebook‘ that clinicians would use to record their observations and plans so that they could be reminded of pertinent details when they would next see that same patient (Shortliffe, 1999).

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