Athene Consult

Dries Van Nieuwenhuyse


        Performance Management Coach and Decision-Making Facilitator






“The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom...for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough.”

William Blake

Is good enough really good enough…?

Should your data be perfect before starting with analytics and drawing knowledge from it? Let’s hope not because we might end up solving all Data Quality issues and spend all our budget on that. We should even start using analytics as soon as some sources become available. Data Quality is positively correlated with the its use, so better start right away.

Analytics can help make the distinction between data errors and interpretation errors. Explorative research hence is a perfect start, followed by monitoring of the data already know, to avoid it going out of spec again is the way to move forward. If metrics remain within their confidence boundaries, there is no need to panic. We can easily quantify what’s good enough and furthermore we can install early warning tresholds that trigger signals if we are drifting out of spec. What can we expect more?

Quantifying what good enough means…