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Building Better Reports

Stephanie Locke

A great report is one that, firstly, presents accurate information, and secondly, strikes the perfect balance between satisfying user requirements and implementing best design practices. Without correct information in a readily understood layout, reports are at best a hindrance and at worst a disaster. There are numerous examples of how bad information and bad report design have had a huge impact on companies and government organizations. If you don't believe me, read through a few of the horror stories the European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group website (HTTP://BIT.LY/QWRSZE).

In my experience, three key factors influence the overall success and quality of your reports:

•   Your overall skills as ...

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