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In praise of imperfection, for analysts to achieve success

Amongst their many positive qualities, analysts can often be perfectionists, unwilling to settle for imperfection. A quest for excellence and an attention to detail can be admirable qualities. Together with a restless curiosity, such attitudes can characterise a natural analyst. But, as all perfectionists will discover, seeking perfection in your work can more often hinder than help. So, given all the hype on social media about technological perfection, let me.. Read More

Are You Going To Be A Data Scientist? Or “Just” An Analyst?

A new month, a new theme for our content. This time we are going to focus on an analyst role. I’ll share thoughts & guest blogger content on how to recruit, develop, motivate & retain them. Hopefully, this will complement our earlier content on understanding & developing data scientists. To kick us off, I’m delighted to share this post from our latest new guest blogger, Martin Squires. Martin is the.. Read More

Data Insight Leaders 2017 Day Two – the final countdown

This is continuing my report from Data Insight Leaders 2017 Day Two. That is, day two of a useful Summit (that I’m chairing), held in Barcelona. In this post I summarise this final day of an enjoyable event. I’m not just saying it’s good because I chaired this conference, honest! Talking to the actual data insight leaders who attended (and made up most of our audience), they agreed it was.. Read More

Analytics are the new Weapons Guidance Systems (part 2)

Analytics as a weapons guidance systems? This could only be the second post in two-part series by our guest blogger Peter Lavers. You may recall that, in his first post, Peter made the case for data being the new marketing battleground. He argued that Marketing and CRM are in exciting times because is it now economically viable to unlock the incredible value of data. Value that’s often hidden in inaccessible.. Read More

The most important skills for Data Scientists in businesses

Which are the most important skills, needed by analysts or data scientists? It’s an interesting question to ponder. It is tempting to fall back on technical basics, like statistical knowledge & software or coding skills. But most graduate data scientists or experienced analysts will be screened for those at recruitment. So, if you are leading an Analytics, Data Science or Insight team, where should you invest? My mind was prompted.. Read More

Beyond the coding, here are some personal Data Science stories

I hope you’ve found this month’s Data Science content to be useful, as I’d also like to share with you some personal Data Science stories. To complement the technical resources I’ve shared recently, it’s important to also focus on the people side. Customer Insight Leader exists to encourage and inform more holistic customer insight leaders, covering the disciplines of data, analytics & research, as well as the requisite leadership skills… Read More

What are the questions that insight leaders today want answered? (part 2)

This post concludes our two-part series, on the questions that insight leaders raised, at DataIQ Discussion 2017 event. I hope you found part one, helpful. There we focussed on topics including: measuring your impact breaking through cultural barriers best organisational design tools needed by insight teams executing your insights (driving action as a result) Those certainly were hotly debated topics, that appeared relevant to everyone around the table. All those topics.. Read More