Spreadsheet Models for Managers

Getting Access to Spreadsheet Models for Managers

If Spreadsheet Models for Managersyou use Excel to model businesses, business processes, or business transactions, this course will change your life. You’ll learn how to create tools for yourself that will amaze even you. Unrestricted use of this material is available in two ways.

As a stand-alone Web site
It resides on your computer, and you can use it anywhere. No need for Internet access.
At this Web site
If you have access to the Internet whenever you want to view this material, you can purchase on-line access. Unlimited usage. I’m constantly making improvements and you’ll get them as soon as they’re available.

To Order On Line

Order "Spreadsheet Models for Managers, on-line edition, one month" by credit card, for USD 69.95 each, using our secure server, and receive download instructions by return email.
Order "Spreadsheet Models for Managers, on-line edition, three months" by credit card, for USD 199.00 each, using our secure server, and receive download instructions by return email.
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To Order by Mail

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To use the course software you’ll need some other applications, which you very probably already have. By placing your order, you’re confirming that you have the software you need, as described on this site.

Spreadsheet Models for Managers

Library of Past Student Projects

aren’t intended to represent standards of high quality work. We’ve suppressed both the authors’ names and the grades the project received. The purpose of this project library is to provide you with a peek at what other students have done as course projects. Take care, though — their project requirements differed somewhat from yours.

You’ll notice, in particular, that some of the projects in this library have documents called “User Guide” and “Reference Guide.” These projects were constructed by students using a set of requirements that specified these two documents. Your requirements differ in that you’re being asked to produce a single document titled “Usage and Maintenance Guide,” which is supposed to serve the purposes formerly served by the “User Guide” and “Reference Guide.”

Entire library as a zip archive (3.8 Mbytes)

Allocating medical resources: AllMed01

Decision support for managers of nightclubs: BarCode

A startup clothing company: BEL123

A model of a company that operates call centers for nationwide telemarketing networks: CCenter

A business model of a magazine distribution company: Dynamo

A feasibility study for an urban, hourly scooter rental business: EZScoot

Profitability of a sausage stand outside Fenway Park: FenDog

Decision support for hot dog manufacturer: HotDog

A study of the impact of economic change on Harvard University Extension School: HUEXT

Software products for tracking financial trades: ISMTE

Decision support for an organic farm: OrgFarm

Model for a start-up pharmaceutical market-research firm to explore its revenue and profit behavior over the next twelve years: PharMed

Services for monitoring and tracking residential electricity demand improvements: PowerUp

Human resource planning for a research organization: RAStaff

Financial projections for a rock-climbing gym: RockGym

Annual and cumulative investment a university must make from its unrestricted reserves to support a new academic department: SciDept

A model for evaluating the profitability of a store that specializes in seasonal products: SimulPro

A design studio is interested in developing a fabric pattern product line, and would like to assess the feasibility of adding this product category to its operations: SJStudio

A business model for a company that installs and services solar power generators: Solar

Financial projections for a seasonal Bed and Breakfast: TheSurf

An investigation for a start-up brewery of a choice of cities for initial sales and distribution: TW2Beers

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Over the years, students have submitted hundreds of course projects. Having worked with these teams, and graded their submissions, we’ve noticed patterns in the kinds of issues that tend to be challenging for project teams and individuals as they develop their projects. The most common traps are summarized in a Web page: “Common Mistakes in Past Student Projects.” It isn’t required reading, but we do recommend it.

Inspect Your Project Early

Many believe that the main benefit of spreadsheet inspections is that they locate issues so they can be fixed. Certainly they do accomplish that. But spreadsheet inspections, when performed early enough and often enough, can actually prevent problems. And preventing problems is certainly more valuable than locating them.

We hope that you’ll apply what you learn about spreadsheet inspections when you work on your projects. If you’re working in a team, review your project schedule and decide when would be advantageous times to insert an inspection or two. If you’re working alone, ask someone else who’s working alone if they would be willing to inspect your project in exchange for your inspecting theirs.

Since we don’t grade on a curve, helping someone else doesn’t hurt you. Inspection exchanges raise the quality of both projects — and both grades. Whatever you do, don’t wait until the end to do your inspections.