Feeding Your Monster Spreadsheets

How often has this happened to you? You started out with a simple Excel spreadsheet, to track one or two key items. Before long, that spreadsheet has turned into a monster – dozens of columns (or more!), and you’re constantly entering data.

Those spreadsheets remind me of Audrey, the hungry plant in Little Shop of Horrors. You can almost hear your spreadsheets shouting, "Feed me!"

Vail Daily columnist, Richard Carnes, describes his year-long experiment with a "simple spreadsheet" that grew much bigger than he had originally planned. You can read about his food tracking spreadsheet here:

Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: A spreadsheet for life

At least he knew when to quit!


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