Program: How to Think About Statistics
Description: Our world is defined by statistics. We use statistics when we talk about whether the Dow Jones is trending up or down. We use statistics to figure out our average MPG in our car. We may think about what it means to be lower, middle, and upper class and where we fit into that curve. We attempt to understand immigration, job migration, or even how happy the average person through the use of data and trends.
We quantify and infer all day every day, but it seems like some of the data contradicts itself. Ironically, we then often simply stop relying on data and instead rely on our gut (which also uses imperfect probability and statistics to make decisions). What is a Project Manager to do?
Mark Latta is not a statistician; but an acolyte in the oft-maligned dark art of applied statistics. What Mark will be discussing is some principles behind common statistics and how we can be a better educated user of the data which floods our inboxes, TVs, and conversations every day. After this presentation, it is hoped that you will be more savvy users of information and better able to handle the statistics the world presents to you.
Presenter: Mark Latta, MBA, PMP
Mark Latta is a PMP and an MBA graduate from Mount Mercy. After his MBA, Mark went on to post-graduate work in Applied Statistics at Penn State. A former Quality Engineer and current Program Manager for Pearson, Mark has maintained an ongoing relationship with controversial terms such as p-value, F-statistic, and even R-squared. Mark is also a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, and Certified Quality Auditor with the American Society for Quality. Mark is a 17-year member of the Toastmasters International leadership and public speaking group and a current student in Mount Mercy's Masters in Strategic Leadership curriculum.
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