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Are you & your analysts planning for Deep Work in 2018?

As you plan your approach to 2018, are you protecting time for ‘Deep Work’? If you haven’t come across that phrase, it was coined by my latest recommended book. In “Deep Work“, author Cal Newport makes a great case for the importance of better concentration. He diagnoses our current malaise. Full of distractions from our phones/tablets/computers/connected devices, we fail to focus. Cal is an associate professor of Computer Science, at.. Read More

Why you should stop buying consultancy (at least by itself)

When should you use external consultancy? Are you wisely bringing in wider expertise, or wasting your money on people who won’t be around to see the consequences? Such a question plagues many analytics or insight leaders. Indeed I have spoken to many, over the years, who are frustrated by the speed with which directors turn to consultants. I’ve mentioned before the need to build the reputation of your team, to.. Read More

Are your Analytics teams growing & sharing through internal events?

Following Tony’s critique of mega-conference events, I was fortunate enough this week to join a client, at one of their internal events. It was a ‘Data & Analytics Seminar’, focused on increasing knowledge and sharing best practice. Attendees came mainly from Analytics or BI roles, but included a range of experience and technical verses business focus. There was so much to praise about this event. Held in a modern, innovation.. Read More

Are you reinventing the wheel, every time you undertake analysis?

Once your analysts have a clear business question to answer, do they start new analysis each time, potentially ‘reinventing the wheel‘? After creating or leading data & analytics teams for many years, I began to notice this pattern of behaviour. What we seemed to lack was a consistent knowledge management solution or ‘corporate memory‘ that could easily spot what should be remembered. Funnily enough, as became convinced of the need for ‘holistic customer.. Read More