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Continuing Education Resources

Power BI training educates city employees on data analysis using Microsoft Power BI, a business intelligence tool that most city employees have access to for free. Power BI can take in data from many difference sources and can be used to create interactive dashboards and reports that are easy to use and share— without the need to learn code.

Peak’s course covers best practices in data visualization, so analysts can learn what types of charts and graphs will be best for the data they’re using. The class also goes over several cardinal sins of data presentation to help avoid making “junk charts.” The second half of the course is entirely hands-on using Power BI to build a few sample dashboards. Participants end the class exploring their own data sets using Power BI, with Peak staff available to help troubleshoot the creation of the analyst’s first agency dashboard.

Staff throughout the city are using these dashboards to report progress toward performance goals, run data-driven meetings, prioritize operational workload, communicate with the public, and automate routine reporting.

If you’re interested in taking the course or learning more, please contact

Peak will be staffing the Denver Data Lab with Mayor’s Data Fellow’s from CCD agencies. If interested in becoming a Mayor’s Data Fellow with the Denver Data Lab, complete the Mayor’s Data Fellow Application. 

Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't. New York: Harper Collins Publishers Inc., 2001.

Covey, Stephen M.R. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything. New York: Free Press, 2006.

Diamond, Stuart. Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010.

Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012.

Gawande, Atul. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2009.

Gladwell, Malcolm. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

Gladwell, Malcolm. What the Dog Saw: and Other Adventures. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2009.

Heath, Chip and Heath, Dan. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. Crown Business. 2010.

Hutchinson, Peter. The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis. New York: Basic Books, 2004.

Kelley, Tom, and Littman, Jonathan. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm. Doubleday: New York, 2001.

Koenigsaeker, George. Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation, Second Edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2013.

Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: Norton, 2004.

Martin, Karen, and Osterling, Mike. Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation. New York. McGraw Hill Education, 2014.

Miller, Ken. Extreme Government Makeover: Increasing Our Capacity to Do More Good. Washington, DC: Governing Books, 2011.

Miller, Ken. We Don't Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government from Radically Improving (Governing Management Series). Washington, DC: Governing Books, 2008.

Peter, Nixon. Dialogue Gap: Why Communication Isn't Enough and What We Can Do About It, Fast. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012.

Sinek, Simon. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. New York: Penguin Group LLC, 2014.

Womack, James P., and Jones, Daniel T. Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation. New York: Free Press, 2003.

Peak Academy Training Calendar

Interested in enrolling in Green Belt or Black Belt training? Learn more and sign up!

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Mission Statement
Peak Academy trains and coaches employees at all levels to improve the way government works. Through innovation, employees do more with less and enhance the Denver city experience.

Peak – changing the way government operates to improve your experience. 

Innovate. Elevate. Repeat.

Peak Academy believes...

  • In achieving measurable results through continuous improvement;
  • In our ability to make Denver the most well-run city in the nation;
  • In patience with people and impatience with processes;
  • In supporting colleagues to innovate;
  • In failure; because failure leads to breakthrough.

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