Laura Peterson

Laura Peterson

After her MBA at London Business School,  Laura spent over 6 years working in Excel-based environments as a consultant and then as a commercial finance analyst. She enjoys analyzing and presenting data in new and unique ways to aid in decision making. After discovering Tableau at work, she was quickly impressed with its ability to transform complex data into simple, easy to understand charts. Wanting to make Tableau a part of her everyday life, Laura applied to the Data School and is now excited to be learning from the very best.

In addition to data, Laura also loves dogs, American Football and Welsh Rugby.

Key to Success at Data School – Ask Questions

If I could do it all again, what advice would I give myself before starting DS5?  This is a tough one. At first, I came up with a generic list of Dos and Don'ts. As I went through the list I started to notice a recurring theme: Ask questions Ask questions in the...

Data School Week 13 – Teaching Week

Data School Week 13 - Teaching Week I have fallen behind with my blogging once again! Here is a recap of week 13, it was student teaching week for the DS. To help get us comfortable teaching/training others on Tableau and Alteryx, we were each assigned a topic to...

Data School Week 12

Data School Week 12 Week 12 was another client project week, with some student teaching mixed in. The week kicked-off with a one-hour Makeover Monday session visualising Sydney Ferries Network data.  After, we went straight into client project mode. I worked on the...

Data School Week 11 – SQL and Advanced Tableau

Data School Week 11 Week 11 it was back to business as usual with another client project interspersed with training sessions on SQL and advanced Tableau Desktop skills. Client Project This project was especially exciting because it was my first time working with data...

Data School Week 10 – Dashboard Week

Data School Week 10 - Dashboard Week In case you missed it, week 10 was Dashboard Week at DS. Every day we were given a dataset, and a list of requirements from Coach Kriebel, we had to create an Alteryx workflow to clean up and aggregate the data, and then use that...

Data School Week 9 – Easter Week

Week 9 - Easter Week Easter Week at Data School was short and sweet! We had a 3-day client project and then a day SQL training, and then a bank holiday on Friday. Alteryx Best Practices My part of the client presentation this week highlighted some general Alteryx best...

A break from the Kriebel regime – Data School Week 8

Week 8 - break from the Kriebel regime With our head coach on holiday for most of Week 8, I thought this week would be easier than usual, like having a substitute teacher in primary school. I was wrong! Not only was Andy keeping tabs on us throughout the week, but...

Dashboard Week Day 4

Dashboard Week Day 4 -Andy's Runkeeper Data Final day! The end is in sight. Even more exciting than that, today's topic isn't equine deaths! Breaking with the trend of morbid topics, today we are looking at Andy's marathon training. For those of you that don't know,...

Dashboard Week Day 2 – International migrants

Dashboard Week Day 2 During Dashboard week we do a project every day, (usually we do one per week), and write a blog for each project. International Migrants Today's project had the following requirements: Get International migrant data by age, sex and origins from...

Dashboard Week Day 1 – UK Crime

Dashboard Week It's Dashboard Week! It's only day one, and I am already pulling my hair out! We do a project every day, (usually we do one per week), and write a blog for each project. UK Street Crimes Today's project had the following requirements: Use data from the...

LODs and Table Calcs – Data School Week 7

Week 7 - LODs and Table Calcs -Let the Mind Melting Begin! Week 7 was one of the toughest weeks yet; I was balancing being the team lead for the client project in afternoons with terrible morning training sessions from Head Coach Andy on LODs and Table Calculations in...

My First Alteryx Macro

Alteryx Macro Workflows This week André came in and taught us about macros in Alteryx. There are three different types of macro workflows you can create in Alteryx: Standard - runs once Batch - repeat a process for each incoming record Iterative - repeat a process...

Secret to successful design: Data School Week 6

Design Success - Week 6 of Data School Some people are born with an eye for design, and it all comes very naturally to them. I, however, am not one of those people.  My professional background involved a lot of number crunching in Excel where the focus was on function...

Data School Week 5

Week 5 - Blog Week Blogging does not come naturally to me, so I found week 5 of data school relatively difficult. We were each required to write a blog a day, or five blogs for the week. I found myself wracking my brain trying to come up with interesting topics and...

Documenting your Tableau Workbook

Documenting your Tableau Workbook Why bother? There is nothing more annoying than inheriting a complex Tableau workbook with zero documentation designed by someone who has just left the company. You have no other option than to go thru every single calculated field to...

Custom Admin Views – Concurrent Users on Tableau Server

Server Week It is Tableau Server week at Data School and the genius, Jonathan MacDonald is here with us all week teaching us the basics. We have covered installs, permissioning, tabadmin command prompts and yesterday we looked at custom Tableau Server admin views....

Data School Week 4

Week 4 - Alteryx Week Week 4 was intense; we were busy learning about predictive analytics and spatial analytics in Alteryx, AND we had or first client project this week. Predictive Analysis DS2 graduate Benedetta came in on Tuesday and taught us a day long class on...