Data Analysis and Statistical Modelling exam

I’m studying for my DASM exam tomorrow. The study is not going well for two reasons:

  1. I’m a terrible procrastinator when it comes to exams
  2. I’m sitting on 80% of 55% for the course so far i.e. I’ve got 44/55 and tomorrow’s exam is worth the remaining 45% of the marks. So if I just pass I’ll get the credit I need to keep the my course average up.

This is not good because it would be good to get a distinction.

Additionally I’ve changed jobs two weeks ago. I’m tired, grumpy and need a break. I’ve done the least amount of work for this subject that I’ve done for any of the subjects so far.

It’s hard to keep plugging away tonight when there are things I’d rather do. Surely work-life balance comes into this?

I’ve also really enjoyed this subject. Those of you following me on Twitter will know that it really appeals to my inner geek. What’s not to like? I learned how to develop models to forecast things based on historical data. It’s a shame the real world isn’t more like that. Mind you the real world is like that if you have enough data and the correct model. 😀

Moving on from Oldfields

I’ve moved on from my role as Divisional Manager – Treco Garden Sheds at Oldfields Holdings Limited. At the end of my two year contract and am very happy with the results we achieved. The Directors’ Operations Review in the Preliminary Final Report to the Australian Stock Exchange for the year ended 30 June 2008 says:

Treco Garden Sheds

The Garden Sheds division performed well. This business is a solid contributor to the Group. This was assisted by the division’s management focus on better manufacturing efficiency. The company congratulates the Management for their Group contribution.

I’d like to thank my team at Treco for all their hard work and support over the last two years. Without them it wouldn’t have been possible to make record divisional EBIT in each of those two years. Thanks to Ian C, George D, Les J, Mario A, as well as my fellow ex-Treco’s Susan R and Brett C.

In manufacturing, I’d like to thank the production team: Tan Dat Ho, Minh, Frank, Ted, Ho, Tan Dat Ha, Suri, Michael T, Noelene, Toni, Neil, Mark, Maurice, Micko, Mick C, and Gabriel.

What did we do?

  1. Focused on low hanging fruit, grab what orders we could without huge retooling.
  2. De-hassle the workflow. We spent time and effort removing obstacles from our processes.
  3. Use subject matter experts. I didn’t tell them what or how to do it, I set the goal and trusted them to find a way. Then I cheered from the sidelines. This worked for both sales and manufacturing experts
  4. Use common sense. Just because we’ve always done something doesn’t mean we should still do it. Everyone can ask “why are we doing this?”

I will do a personal WWW/TALA on this over the next month (What Went Well/Take A Look At). Manager Tools podcast by Mike Horstman and Mike Auzenne taught me that acronym.

Anyway on the the next challenge which is with a fast growth firm. More later.

E MBA bloggers don’t update often

I was wondering that when I was investigating doing an MBA. May bloggers started to post on their experiences but then dried up.

Is the workload so onerous that they can’t find 10-30 minutes in a week to provide the update?

In my case AGSM MBA (Executive) is quite busy – it takes 8-10 hours of study per subject per week. When work gets busy I have to give up my family time or my online time. Sorry guys but my family comes first. Have you heard MBA = Marriage Breakup Academy?