I use spreadsheets to organize just about everything. Who's writing what for a certain magazine we all know and love? Spreadsheet. Planning a vacation in Hawaii? Spreadsheet. Personal finances? Spreadsheet. I'd be lost, wandering around an airport with half a magazine and little money, without Microsoft Excel or Google Docs. It turns out I am not alone. As Christie Rizk reports in this month's cover story, many lab managers also turn to spreadsheets to keep track of what's going on in their groups.