From the Not Just Numbers blog:
As you may be aware from one of my earlier posts, I was attending an ICAEW event last week, marking one year since the launch of the Twenty Principles for Good Spreadsheet Practice, as I was privileged to be part of the team that worked on devising the principles.
One of the age-old accusations against Excel was addressed by Professor Ray Panko, the keynote speaker at the event. Namely that it is error-prone.
I thought it might be good to highlight his research into this accusation, as you might find it interesting reading (and a useful defence when senior managers say that “we must get rid of these spreadsheets”).
The research paper behind Professor Panko’s talk is available to read here:
What We Know About Spreadsheet Errors
If you want to see some UK-based research into Spreadsheet errors, take a look at F1F9’s paper:
Professor Panko is possibly the world’s leading academic when it comes to research into spreadsheet use and it was very interesting to hear his take on this subject.
A telling quote from his talk was the wonderful:
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