For Dave Keys, everything comes down to numbers—both in and out of the office. Dave Keys is an experienced data architect, technical lead, and project manager. His company and Tableau Alliance partner, Key Data Consulting helps clients find data solutions for their business needs. Dave also uses Tableau in his personal life, collecting data for his competitive dragon boat team, the Manly Dragons, hailing from Manly, Australia. The Manly Dragons have succeeded in a variety of competitions, including the Australian Dragon Boat National Championships in Perth, where they won eight gold, six silver, and three bronze medals. The Manly Dragons use tracking devices to measure paddling power, twisting, angles, and speed. They visualize the data in Tableau Public and share it amongst team members. With Tableau, the team identifies areas of improvement and makes adjustments to their technique—a process that helps them succeed in world-class championships.
Powerful data for gold-medal athletes
Tableau: Can you speak about how your dragon boat team is using data? Dave Keys, Principal: Our club, Manly Dragons, we've now had gold medals at two consecutive club crew world dragon boat championships. One of the challenges we had was moving away from gut feel on how we should be coaching and getting into something that was a bit more scientific. Tableau: How did you move towards a more scientific approach? Dave: I joined the committee and we started spending a little bit of money on buying devices that measure things like paddle, how much power is being applied on a paddle, twist, what angle the paddle's at, also speed on the boat, so we measure what the boat's doing. We're now going through a process of iteratively taking that data and using it to tell us more about the way that we're able to improve our paddling technique and get better starts and individualized training for individual athletes. Tableau: How are you visualizing that data in Tableau? Dave: We’ve now got a visualization we're using that allows us to compare and contrast different paddlers and the way that they're doing padding technique It makes it much easier to let that paddler know how they're doing something that might be right or wrong, and to let them visualize what they're doing. Tableau's the best tool for visualizing this sort of data.