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A reason for performance measurement professionals to celebrate!

by | Apr 16, 2014

The Wall Street Journal posted the following yesterday:

Well, to me this is a reason for performance measurers to celebrate. 

Why?, you might ask: because:

we’re mathematicians

Wikipedia defines a mathematician as “a person with an extensive knowledge of mathematics who uses this knowledge in their work, typically to solve mathematical problems. Mathematics is concerned with numbers, data, collection, quantity, structure, space, models and change.” 

The reality also is that many of us in the field have degrees in math (or, as the British say, maths). My undergraduate degree is from Temple University and is in mathematics. My colleague, John Simpson, CIPM, holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from UCLA (he couldn’t get into USC … it’s a sore subject … don’t go there). And my colleague, Jed Schneider received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. (I guess because mine is in pure or theoretical math, I’m more like Sheldon Cooper, who decries those who work in the “applied” area, although I’ve adapted to the applied side (or, as Sheldon might call it, the “dark” side)). 

I suspect that no one in performance measurement “hates” or “dislikes” math; many, like John, Jed, and I like or even love math. Plus, I’m sure that many of us are here because it involves mathematics, equations, formulas, models, data, analysis, etc.

And so, to learn that it’s seen in such a positive light is worth celebrating!

 For the full WSJ article, go here!

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