How to Use Data to Unlock Your Next Promotion

Posted on Fri, Sep 23, 2016

This article is a guest post from Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré, SaaS Consultant & Customer Success Evangelist.

Squeaky wheels. They tend to get more grease than the rest of us. Even if the other wheels are more effective, the squeakers are attention-grabbers. And in business, it’s often those who grab attention for their efforts who gain recognition (and raises and promotions), leaving humble types quietly toiling away without due reward.

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The Notion Guide to Goal Setting - KPIs, OKRs and MBO

Posted on Sun, Sep 18, 2016

This article is a guest post from Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré, SaaS Consultant & Customer Success Evangelist.

KPIs, OKRs, MBOs – OMG that’s a lot of acronyms. But when it comes to goal setting for a tech company in this Golden Age of startups, you need every one of them (and a few more). These are the SaaS metrics by which we fail or succeed. But with the combination of some oldie-but-goodie goal setting wisdom and the use of some killer new tools, we hopefully wind up more in the winning category than the losing.

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Is it time to move beyond spreadsheets?

Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2016

From scrappy startups and tech giants to our oldest corporations, we have a long running tradition in business, the spreadsheet. They gained broader popularity in 1990’s as they became easier to use and made it much simpler to manage business processes outside of crunching numbers (Check out this Infographic for more timeline details.)  

Few words in business elicit such strong and typically unfavorable responses as spreadsheets. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with them, but as hard as you might have tried, they are really hard to get rid of.

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Data Collaboration, Evidence + Discovery: RADAR's Story

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016


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Why you need both objective and subjective data to understand team performance

Posted on Wed, Sep 7, 2016

When I think about the differences between and the need for both objective and subjective data, a popular TV show comes to mind, House. If you aren’t familiar, the show centers around a brilliant yet misanthropic medical genius who leads a team of doctors that treat patients with strange illnesses no one else can seem to figure out. His uncanny ability to combine a seeming battery of diagnostic tests with subtle (and often controversial) observations gives him insights most others miss.

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Notion helps Watsi use data to tell its story

Posted on Tue, Sep 6, 2016

At Notion, our mission is to help teams use data to do better work. To make better products. To make customers more satisfied. To more efficiently allocate resources. To make team members happier. It’s our small way of making the world a better place, one team at a time.

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New in Notion: All your data in a single location.

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2016

If you’re a manager or team lead, you’ve probably asked yourself one—if not all—of the follow questions:

  • How can I increase visibility to data scattered across our tools?
  • Where can we easily share and talk about that data?
  • How can I empower the team to build their own metrics, using consistent and trusted data?

These are questions we often hear from customers. And answering these questions is what continues to drive our roadmap.

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The Happiness Equation of a Data-Driven Culture

Posted on Sun, Aug 21, 2016

This article is a guest post from Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré, SaaS Consultant & Customer Success Evangelist.

When you introduce a KPI dashboard, you can expect to see some deer-in-headlights looks from your employees. They can only imagine two uses for tracking their data – you’re judging them based on it, or you’re micromanaging them with it.

Fear of data is understandable. The truth is, most of us have been burned by data (in the hands of bad managers) in the past. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, introducing a data-driven framework can actually make it easier to promote engagement, productivity, and yes – even happiness within your organization. Do it right, and your team will appreciate data as the wonderful tool it is and enjoy their work more.

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Share the story behind your data with Notion Reports

Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2016

If you’ve ever had to present data to your team or company, you’ve certainly experienced moments of dread trying to decide the best way to collect, visualize, and present the data. And if you are like most, these moments pop up at the last minute, or over the weekend, as you are scrambling to throw it all together.

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Spreadsheets are not enough. You need Data Visualization.

Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Whether you’re using Google sheets or Excel, spreadsheets are an incredible tool - versatile, robust and necessary for every business and every analyst. But today’s business landscape has shifted dramatically from when Excel was first designed. Even though there are added features, computations and capabilities that help close the gap, the tool still falls short of the needs of most business users.

Plus, it’s boring.

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