conversation about maximising value from customer insight

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

On the Bank Holiday, here’s a variety of topics for Insight Leaders

Sitting at my desk on a Bank Holiday, before taking a break, I’ve been reflecting on a variety of topics for Insight Leaders. One of the reasons I found Customer Insight Leadership such a rewarding career and still find it fascinating to help such leaders, is the diversity. One day your focus may need to be on improving specific Analytics skills, or complex Data problems, the other it could be.. Read More

Mango share some keys to Data Science readiness

Following on from our series on programming languages, I’m delighted to introduce a guest post on Data Science readiness. Having the strategy or aspiration to make use of Data Science is one thing, executing it effectively is another. Too many businesses I know have hired data scientists without really knowing what to do with them or what they need to succeed. So, I’m pleased to introduce a new guest blogger… Read More

Results of survey for Data Insight Leaders Summit 2017

During our month focussed on research, it seems appropriate to share with you my latest research for Data Insight Leaders Summit 2017. This annual survey is the second of its kind and is published as part of the run-up, to the Data Insight Leaders Summit 2017, in Barcelona on 18-19 October.  A great conference that I will again have the privilege of chairing this year; you may recall my brief.. 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

Your biggest achievements just might come from self-awareness

Continuing our focus on your thinking environments & personal development, let’s turn to the topic of self-awareness. Not just in my own coaching & mentoring work, but also in my own experience of practicing mindfulness, time and again I have seen the power of improved self-awareness. Yet, especially without a coach or mentor to work with, many leaders struggle to know where to start. Too much of our working lives.. Read More

Do mega conferences really help your CPD, even in Vegas?

As we have focussed on knowledge management, thinking environments & personal development this month, it makes sense to consider the role of conferences. Working as a professional speaker or chair, especially for Customer Insight or Analytics related events, you will have seen a number of conferences feature in Events section of this blog. But, none of us should give up precious time to attend these, if they don’t help us.. Read More