Drum Roll, Please


Finally: the moment you’ve all been anxiously awaiting.

The winner of the 2014 HR Analytics Haiku Contest is Evan Sinar!! (Cue wild applause and confetti.)

Evan’s winning haiku captures something of the very essence of analytics:

The perilous route
From raw data to actions
Analytics guides

As the winner, Evan will receive copies of two must-reads: the HR Analytics Handbook and Haiku U.

Congratulations, Evan, and thanks to everyone for all the clever, funny submissions we received.  We enjoyed reading them, interpreting them, debating them, and, of course, counting their syllables.

HR Analytics Haiku Contest


To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, we at McBassi & Company are sponsoring what we believe must be the first-ever HR Analytics Haiku Contest.

For those of you in need of a refresher, a haiku consists of exactly 17 syllables, with the syllables arranged in three lines of 5-7-5.

The pros would, of course, provide a more nuanced definition.  And while we here at McBassi & Company are analytics experts, we are definite amateurs when it comes to haikus.  As evidence, check out the following three examples of HR Analytics haikus, written by none other than McBassi’s (ever-poetic) staff:

Supply meets demand
HR analytics has
Finally arrived

Disparate data
Creatively analyzed
Creates clear insights

Got messy data?
No worries – analytics
Still a good option

Think you can do better than that?  Then this is the contest for you!

Contest Rules
1.  Entries must be received by midnight (EDT) on April 30, and should be sent to with the subject line “Haiku Submission.”  (Multiple entries per contestant are acceptable.

2.  All haikus must be original.

3.  The winner will be chosen by the McBassi staff, whose decision is final.  Disputes and protests will be reviewed at the sole discretion of the staff.

4.  The winner’s haiku becomes the property of McBassi & Company and will be published, with full attribution and kudos to the author, in McBassi’s May newsletter.

Prize for the Winner
In addition to the expected national recognition and fame that will accompany being the first-ever winner of the HR Analytics Haiku Contest, the lucky winner will receive two books:

  • the HRAH (at the risk of stating the obvious, this stands for HR Analytics Handbook)
  • the HUFAZ (which, equally obviously, stands for Haiku U: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables)

So send those responses in — and may the best haiku win!


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