Summertime reading suggestions from HEDW members



offers the opportunity to take vacations from our stress-filled data driven lives, and many of us escape to the beach shores, or to national parks, and even other countries, to enjoy some well-deserved downtime. But some of us can’t leave the office far behind, and we try to catch up on some reading and hearing podcasts to help either pass the time or answer that inner burning question…

Here are some suggestions provided by HEDW members to help you expand your minds and pass the time while traveling!

 The Data Warehouse Mentor ( suggested by Laurel Park) by Robert Laberge.

“ was the right combination of detail and explanation to give me a solid understanding of data warehouse design and principles. It helped me understand what goes on behind the black curtain.”

Laurel also suggested Rob Comey’s ” The Imposter’s Handbook”


Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User’s Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016

suggested by Pam Sprague



Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals

by Cole Nussbauer Knaflic

suggested by Mike Glasser


Asking the right questions – a guide to critical thinking by Neil Browne and Stuart Kelly

suggested by Alison Nimura

” There are a one that Stephen Few mentioned in his HEDW keynote that I’m trying to read: Asking the Right Questions: a Guide to Critical Thinking by Browne and Keeley.  Also, the management in our IT department is currently reading Hiring for Attitude by Mark Murphy, so I’m doing that one as well this summer”


 Hiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting and Selecting People with Both Tremendous Skills and Superb Attitude by Mark Murphy

suggested by Alison Nimura



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