Co-op: [hands me data] “Here’s everything I have. The first couple sheets are exact quality records, the next two are photocopies of build paper, and the rest is all stuff I wrote down on an indentured parts list.”
Me: “Excellent! Just the kind of data that we need.”
Co-op: “How do you want me to organize this?”
Me: “Well, we need weights and part numbers.”
Co-op: “We’ve also got serial numbers …”
Me: “Good point. Just … get started with the data entry, and the organization will come to you. Promise.”
And that’s the truth: faced with a blob of data that you know only in part, you’re best to get it all entered and then figure out how to make it pretty. You could spend a half-hour with a plan for all this, and something on page 47? Gonna kick your ass. Better to just get started.
[And now my co-op is going to see this on Facebook, since I import notes there, and she’ll know that I care. ‘Cause I do. ‘Cause she’s kicking ass. I’m just trying not to tell her too much so she won’t get complacent. ;)]