This is an assignment of another class “Business data analysis” at Yokohama National University.
Students are required to develop their own story, supported with the analyzed data.
This is the key skill-set when you apply those analytical techniques to the practical business issues/proposals.
We have already experienced several similar exercises at the class and I am so excited that they will enjoy it and present interesting insights.
Please send me an email if you / your organization would like to try those lessons/lectures.
Final exam case was announced last week.
The students are required to complete their own business financial plan and give an individual presentation in two weeks.
This is the case:
There is no “right” answer but the plan must be feasible and reasonable while meeting all the business requirements given in advance.
They have already learned the techniques to develop a business financial plan.
Making reasonable assumptions and adjustments to meet the requirements are the key!
Good luck and enjoy it !
I saw great progress of my students to develop their own financial plan with business strategy.
It took only three months to achieve it, who did not know even what “Revenue” is in April.
Here is an example output of a student in the class.
The business case was “web site developer” where you need to develop a business plan to reach positive profit within a year.
Reasonable business strategy in line with the assumptions in the business model is also required in the presentation.
This is a fundamental and basic business skill where you will be required in any type of business in the world.
I would be happy to discuss a chance to conduct the class (even as an intensive program).
This was an exercise at my biz data analysis class in Yokohama National University for the international students.
The topic of the class was “Data visualization/illustration”. After learning some basic types of graph such as bar chart, line chart, pie chart, Histogram, scatter diagram etc., they tackled the following question:
Assuming that you are required to effectively illustrate the sales results data and report your conclusion to the boss.
Data is quite simple but not easy to find an effective way to summarize the data.
(1) Determine your final key message to report to boss
(2) Study the best way to summarize the data to fit the message.
In my class, the students discuss thier own outputs on how they can improve it.
Some examples are:
You can compare the results by product to identify the best selling product and where is the hot area.
This is an “area-wise” view with product-wise breakdown. You can identify strategic potential area and which product may fit the market.
This simply shows the ratio by product type. No detail about the area but it delivers which products are selling more in a very simple way.
What is the answer? No single “right answer” here. It all depends on your final message.
This is a good exercise to have practical “data managing” skills which will enhance your business competitiveness.
Would you like to try the lesson? Please contact me.
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My business statistics class has started at Yokohama National University.
The first exercise of the class today was making a summary of the customer inquiry data at a shopping mall.
The students (international students from 12 countries) were required to make a brief report of the data with the following consideration:
(1) Which category is the most critical, Gender, Age or type of shop?
(2) At which level do you need aggregate the original data to find the insights effectively?
(3) What is the conclusion rather than calculation results?
You do NOT have to rely on any advanced statistical techniques rather you can use simple tools such as TOTAL, AVERAGE, PERCENTAGE etc.
This is the first step for the students who want to manage business data effectively. They were really excited about the exercise.
Enjoy and study hard!
My business statistics class started at Yokohama National Univerisy for the international students from all over the world.
Just to explain some basics for the new students, I was struggling to show the level of aggregation of data in my class.
This is a concept that you need to learn for managing data itself before studying some statsitics.
Today I found the word “granularity”.
I guess it is not that common word even for English speakers but it really fits the concept.