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Big Sky's Insider Newsletter, January Edition

What are the top three challenges that will hold your organization back from achieving your goals this year? Would your team give the same three answers as you (good) and if so, would they prioritize them in the same order (even better)?

January is typically a month for resolutions - just another word for goal-setting. This month, we've curated a collection of resources that will help you dig down into the roots of your organization's problems using visualization tactics, so you can move out into 2016 with better goals and more effective strategies to meet and exceed them.

Happy New Year, from the Big Sky Team!

Understand Your Operations in 10 Minutes with 5 Simple Steps
No matter how complicated your process may seem, a SIPOC exercise is a straightforward way to create a full visual picture of it. This blog post walks you through the details of how to develop a SIPOC and how to use it.

Got a Wicked Problem? First, Tell Me How You Make Toast
In this TED talk, Tom Wujec explains why it can be hard to articulate how we do things - even the most basic process of making toast. He argues that the simple act of visualizing ideas by drawing them out is a powerful way to communicate and problem solve.

A Guide to Good (Data) Sets: It's All About Proportion
If you're ready to take your data visualization to the next level, this blog post has some suggestions for incorporating the element of proportion into your diagrams - it may be the key to creating a persuasive visual argument.

Low-Tech Legos Are a Perfect City Planning Tool
Learn how a city planner helped stakeholders visualize challenges, communicate ideas, and generate creative solutions during typically dull and negative public meetings through the use of lego blocks.

Faster, Modernized IT Infrastructure Boosts HRSA's Efforts
The Health Resources and Services Administration discusses recent wins in data driven decision making, resulting from the implementation of new visualization tools including agile dashboards and "what if" scenario modeling.

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P.S. A visual illustration of why we didn't win the Powerball jackpot this year.

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