conversation about maximising value from customer insight

Questionable practices by Data Scientists – where do you stand?

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should; this is perhaps the simplest way to introduce questionable practices. Last year we posted on the desire amongst many data scientists to achieve social good through their work. As for all disciplines, there is also a potential “dark side“ to the capabilities of data scientists. So firms have or still do seek to use data as a weapon or persist with questionable.. Read More

The benefits of a competency framework for your analysts

As we focus on Analytics & Data Science this month, I’ve been reminded of how a Competency Framework can help. Both work with clients, and my own experience in creating & leading analytics teams, has taught me that such a tool can help in a number of ways. In this post I’ll explain what I mean by a competency framework and the different ways it can help Analytics, Data Science or.. Read More

How HR Analytics can have a place in your business

Returning to our theme, of using Customer Insight outside of Marketing. This time, we consider HR Analytics. Such HR insight has become a growing focus in recent years & rightly so, in my opinion. Both from the perspective of recruiting & retaining analytics talent, plus the potential for analytics to optimise key HR processes or decisions. However, as I’ve spent more time this month meeting with analytics leaders from different organisations, it.. Read More

Which do you really need, a coach or mentor?

As the world’s athletes show us what they can achieve in Rio, it’s easy to overlook the achievement of the coaches. Most medal winners will acknowledge a debt of gratitude to their coaches. But, what about the world of business? Many companies have internal mentoring programmes. So, do you need a coach or mentor? Today, I want to briefly focus on the difference between both types of help. Now, academic.. Read More