The sufferer from Macro-Excelivity has spent so long planning, tracking and estimating project work using excel spreadsheets with their own suite of hand-tuned VBA macros that they now have a complete inability to relate to any other way of approaching the problem, because, as they would put it, "Excel can do anything".
- They can often be heard muttering "Oh no I should have pressed shift-F9 for manual recalculate!" and "Aargh I forgot it's control-shift-enter for an array formula" to themselves
- At lunch breaks they may be heard asking colleagues if orange or yellow would be a better color for at-risk activities
- The walls of their work areas are often papered with exploded pie charts and 3-d bar charts so that even when they are using email or editing a document they can at a glance satisfy their need to remind themselves of the power of Excel
Treatment of sufferers has to be approached with extreme care - it may be best to relocate them to a
padded cell comfortable room before undertaking any serious re-training.