44 min

The Excel Addiction: Over reliance on Spreadsheets in the Workplace with Al Chen Make Sense with Lindsay Tabas, The Lady Engineer

    • Technology

Are we addicted to excel?



In this week’s episode of Make Sense, Lindsay sits down with guest Al Chen, Solutions Architect at Coda, to explore the over reliance on Excel in the workplace and its implications. We highlight the use of Excel in Formula One and the broader trend of shadow IT, the limitations of using Excel for project management like the lack of task management features and push notifications.



Don’t worry though, we offer solutions.



We explore two options for moving away from spreadsheets: a rip-and-replace approach where all data is migrated to a new project management tool, and a shadow IT approach where an individual within the company starts using a new tool alongside the spreadsheet and gradually introduces it to the team.


Show Notes

00:00 Introduction and the Excel Addiction

09:42 The Use of Excel in Formula One and Shadow IT

26:06 The Role of Excel as a Reliable and Flexible Tool

36:56 Dear Analyst Podcast & Where To Find Al



Make Sense is a video-first podcast that simplifies complex issues at the intersection of tech & people. Whether you’re ready for the robot takeover or want to delete all your socials, I’m here to help you make sense of what’s going on so we can design the human experience into the future.



Top 10 Clips from the first 30 episodes! Dive into the most insightful clips without having to watch full episodes by visiting LindsayT.com/MS-Top10.

Are we addicted to excel?



In this week’s episode of Make Sense, Lindsay sits down with guest Al Chen, Solutions Architect at Coda, to explore the over reliance on Excel in the workplace and its implications. We highlight the use of Excel in Formula One and the broader trend of shadow IT, the limitations of using Excel for project management like the lack of task management features and push notifications.



Don’t worry though, we offer solutions.



We explore two options for moving away from spreadsheets: a rip-and-replace approach where all data is migrated to a new project management tool, and a shadow IT approach where an individual within the company starts using a new tool alongside the spreadsheet and gradually introduces it to the team.


Show Notes

00:00 Introduction and the Excel Addiction

09:42 The Use of Excel in Formula One and Shadow IT

26:06 The Role of Excel as a Reliable and Flexible Tool

36:56 Dear Analyst Podcast & Where To Find Al



Make Sense is a video-first podcast that simplifies complex issues at the intersection of tech & people. Whether you’re ready for the robot takeover or want to delete all your socials, I’m here to help you make sense of what’s going on so we can design the human experience into the future.



Top 10 Clips from the first 30 episodes! Dive into the most insightful clips without having to watch full episodes by visiting LindsayT.com/MS-Top10.

44 min

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