Skill Ratings - Blackbelts 2012


Please rate each skill on a scale from 1-5, with...
"1" = the most "BASIC" of skill levels, and...
"5" = the most "ADVANCED" of skill levels.
NOTE: This is NOT a question about how well "YOU" know these skills, but rather how advanced these skills are (e.g. if 'addition' is a "BASIC" skill, the 'ability to work with complex systems of differential equations' might be an "ADVANCED" skill.)

PLEASE select "Don't Know" (last column) if you feel you are not familiar enough with an item to rate it.
For example, if you don't know enough about VBA to say whether the skill is 'advanced' in your mind - select 'Don't Know' for related items
1 2 3 4 5Don't Know
Use of the FAST modeling standard
Basic graphics (scatterplot, bar chart, etc.)
Pivot Table (& Chart) for data summarization
Integrating embedded application objects in spreadsheets
Knowledge of using PowerPivot basics
Building/changing embedded forms/controls
Sparklines (new 2010 feature)
Extraction and data parsing from web queries
Opening text files as delimited data sources
Generating/Editing a dialogue pop-up (user-form pop-up)
Math programming and optimization with standard Solver
Manual export of spreadsheet data to other applications
Developing a User-defined Function (VBA)
Locking/Protecting spreadsheet cells, sheets, workbooks
Rolling time-window tables/graphs (e.g. t1-->t2 linked & variable)
Naming/Labeling cell ranges
Tracing precedents and dependents
Using range references for copying/pasting in VBA
Error identification and handling in VBA
Using the Data Analysis tool pack
Create and modify custom lists
Standard built-in non-array functions (e.g. SUM, MATCH, etc.)
Data validation rule application
Splitting / Freezing frames
Setting up PowerPivot for automated updates
VSTO integration (and associated coding)
Pre-setting print ranges with headers, footers, breaks, etc.
Using basic loops (For-Next, While-Do) in VBA
Data Table usage for scenario analysis
Manipulating Solver and specializing Solver reports (via VBA)
Automating embedded MapPoint objects (VBA)
Apply and manipulate hyperlinks in sheet
Using the iterative calculation mode in Excel
Built-in array/matrix functions (e.g. LINEST)
Meaningfully integrating DataTables and Iteration mode
Adding trendlines to plots
Manual or manual-triggered pull of external data into spreadsheet
Knowlege of scope/limitations of DoEvents (VBA)
Using the Sort and Filter tools
Create and apply styles
Automated pareto charting of selected data or data updates
Use of the OUtCoMES roadmap
Recording a Macro for use in the spreadsheet
Automating manipulations and calls to Palisades apps (VBA)
Manipulating ribbons, menu items, etc. (VBA)
Hot keys : Ctrl-"X" shortcuts, Shft-space, Alt-"X-Y-Z", etc.
Merge and split cells
Conversions between drawn line objects and plotted data (VBA)
Applying the autofill capability
Conditional formatting
REMEMBER ! : This is NOT a self-assessment. All we are doing here is judging how 'basic' or 'advanced' a skill seems to be (NOT how 'you' are at something). Please modify your answers above if necessary at this point.

ALSO - Please check to make sure you used the last column above ONLY for "Don't Know" responses. Provide additional notes on your responses here if needed:
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