The Rands Test

Rands has posted his own ‘Rands Test‘ in the style of Joel Spolsky’s famous ‘Joel Test‘ for telling if your company is screwed or not.  Rand’s test is focuses on communication while Joel’s original test focused on engineering:

“There is a higher order goal at the intersection of the two questions The Rands Test intends to answer: Where am I? and What the hell is going on? While understanding the answers to these questions will give you a good idea about the communication health of your company, the higher order goal is selfish.”

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

So passes a legend. It was impossible not to admire Steve Job’s ability to consistently produce products and companies that lead their marketplace. The following is Steve’s graduation speech at Stanford University.

Having just lost my wife to cancer less than three months ago, my thoughts are with his family at this challenging time.

Why visualise data?

This excellent short video from Column Five really demonstrates the difference that even basic data visualization techniques can make.