Andy Kriebel

Andy, a five-time Tableau Zen Master, stumbled upon Tableau in 2007 when he was desperate for help to quickly create dashboards using SSAS cubes. Since then, it’s been Andy’s personal mission to help as many people as possible “see and understand” their data with Tableau, which is the focus of his role as Head Coach at The Information Lab’s Data School. Data is knowledge, but Andy believes that seeing data is insight.

In August 2009 he launched, which provides examples of data visualization best practices, methods for improving existing work, and tips and tricks with Tableau Software. He writes three weekly series: Makeover MondayTableau Tip Tuesday, and Workout Wednesday. He also writes on every Thursday, a site created to highlight data visualisation best practices.

What is it like to be a client working with The Data School?

One of the foundations of the Data School curriculum is the client projects. Essentially, we identify clients that have problems they need solved, dashboards they need built, etc. and the Data Schoolers work on these for a week each. But not a week really. Only about...

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Dashboard Week Day 1: American Housing Survey

And we're off. For week 1 of Dashboard Week, DS7 has to download, parse, prep and visualize data from the American Housing Survey. Here's what they have to do: Download the data and table definitions here. Using Alteryx, import and prep the data (this is the messy...

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It’s Dashboard Week v7!

We were supposed to have a project for a client this week, but it had to be delayed at the last minute. Instead the team gets to experience Dashboard Week. Each cohort before them has gone through different flavors and it starts Monday for DS7. The point of Dashboard...

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What did it take to get into DS7?

As I've done with nearly all of the previous cohorts at The Data School, allow me to introduce you to our next cohort, DS7, beginning their training on October 2nd. We had a record 68 applications, three early acceptances, and 19 interviews in one day for the final...

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Dashboard Week: Day 5 – Daily Temperatures Around the World

Dashboard week is a test: A test of mental fitness, tenacity, working when you're tired, learning how to work fast. The week is partly designed to see how far I can push them. In the end, it's essentially preparation for life as a consultant. The first four days have...

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Dashboard Week: Day 3 – Public Transport Around the World

We gently move into hump day and keep rolling along through Dashboard Week. So far, I've been super impressed with the team. In case you're wondering why we do dashboard week, it's basically to get them working quickly. Essentially they're learning a new language...

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Diversity | It’s what makes the Data School so great

The people we hire and the application process to get into the Data School are unique as far as I know in the data analytics world (and probably tech worldwide too). This has resulted in a very diverse set of trainees. We've broken down gender barriers; nearly 50% of...

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What did it take to be a part of DS6?

With DS5 finishing this past week and cohort 6 starting in June 12th, I thought it would be useful to see what it took for DS6 to get into The Data School. As part of the application process, we require people to submit something in Tableau Public. This can be with...

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