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Sometimes it’s the least bad choice

By Wes Trochlil | September 9, 2020

Sometimes it’s the least bad choice Just like in life, sometimes when we’re making technology or management decisions, we’re faced with few good choices. And very often I’ll tell my clients, what we’re looking to do is make the “least bad” choice. For example, during a new system implementation, the vendor will ask for “blackout” …

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Our Members Aren’t Tech Savvy

By Wes Trochlil | September 2, 2020

Our Members Aren’t Tech Savvy Having worked now in the association space for more than 30 years, I’ve heard my share of association executives utter the phrase “Our members aren’t very tech savvy.” This phrase is often followed with (or preceded by) “Our members are older.” (And this is typically related to the members not …

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Motion vs. Action

By Wes Trochlil | August 26, 2020

Motion vs. Action One key to successful data management is understanding the difference between motion and action. Simply put, motion = planning but action = doing. Too often we spend a lot of time planning out all the different ways we’ll improve our data management. We make plans to clean the data, to establish clear business rules, …

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There is ALWAYS a trade-off

By Wes Trochlil | August 19, 2020

There is ALWAYS a trade-off I’ve written many times about trade-offs (you can read a bunch here). In short, every decision you make, whether you realize it or not, involves a trade-off. And recent news reminded me once again, that not only are there always trade-offs, but often they are unseen. This article explains how the …

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Newton’s First Law

By Wes Trochlil | July 15, 2020

Newton’s First Law Part of Newton’s First Law states that “…an object in motion stays in motion…” What does this have to do with data management? Quite a bit, actually. One of the many challenges of data management is the constant grind of keeping data clean. (I refer to this as “weeding the garden.”) With most …

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New article – What’s Good in Data Management

September 27, 2019

I recently read the book Factfulness, which highlights ten things about the world that are better than most people think. (The …

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Two new articles on the site

August 26, 2019

I’ve added two new articles to my website: Improvement by Subtraction and Another Missive from the Trenches. To get these …

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A Data Integrity Report…for Reports!

July 29, 2019

I’ve written elsewhere about the value of data integrity reports. But one of the most common complaints I hear from …

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A change of systems requires a change of mindset

July 8, 2019

Every AMS vendor will tell you that the toughest part of implementing a new system is getting the association staff …

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"Just because it's not optimal, doesn't mean it's not beneficial."

June 27, 2019

I’m a big fan of the author James Clear (https://jamesclear.com/) who writes about the formation of habits. I believe (good!) habits …

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Look for small wins

June 23, 2019

One of the toughest things about system implementation is simply how long it takes to complete one. And so keeping …

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Close the loop!

June 13, 2019

If your association does a call for presentations for any of your events, do you provide feedback to those submitters …

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What's the Worst That Could Happen?

May 31, 2019

While it may sound flippant, when helping a client make a decision I’ll often ask “What’s the worst that can happen?” …

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How often are you meeting with your AMS vendor?

May 23, 2019

I’ve written before about how your relationship with your vendor is much like a marriage. Can you imagine if you …

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