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Excel VBA - do I need it?

 
#1 Excel VBA - do I need it?
10/06/2010 21:14

Anon

As an aspiring Management Consultant, do you think I need excel VBA skills? Is it enough to be just proficient in excel but without VBA skills?

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#2 RE: Excel VBA - do I need it?
10/06/2010 22:23

ZB to Anon (#1)

This, surprisingly, is a good question. I guess in the strategy and analytical-minded areas it is certainly an advantage, however for the vast majority of this profession (SI, Process Improvement, Body-shopping PMOs) is it pointless.

If you harbour ambitions to go into banking thereafter, then certainly a useful tool to have.

If you want to stay in the process mapping, PMO body shopping, SI space..don't waste your time.

ZB

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#3 RE: Excel VBA - do I need it?
10/06/2010 23:29

Anon to ZB (#2)

Not needed for a strategy house.

Massively useful skill to have though - so always worth picking up. Worked in a strategy/change function in a bank and was really helpful there!

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#4 RE: Excel VBA - do I need it?
11/06/2010 13:36

Peter to Anon (#3)

Oh, ZB! How narrow-minded! How parochial! How engstirnig!

VBA skills may be useful for you ever-so-clever strategy/ibanking/PE/VC numerate, double-cuffed shirted types, but without us lot - the mappers, the gap-analysers, the bechmarkers, there would be chaos!

Even the smartest of your ilk requires our expertease to ensure the following:

inetegrity of your application/code - Change Management/Config Management

provision of a route to resolve any issues encoutnered - Incident Management

a framework for managing enhancements - Release Management

the ability to ensure you never touch the sides - Capacity Management

a mechanism to ensure your lattes are hot - Supplier Management

and so on......

Deep down, you know this. All the best - and keep mapping.

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#5 RE: Excel VBA - do I need it?
15/06/2010 09:56

Village Idiot to Peter (#4)

We used to have a guy with good Excel VBA skills and good Access skills, plus a good, logical mind. Even in a process-improvement team, work always flowed his way when there was a complicated problem to solve or a lot of data to analyse.

So it's not a must-have, but it will come in handy and can mark you out in your early years. It will become less important as you move up the ladder.

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