conversation about maximising value from customer insight

How to go ‘all in’, with a Data Science or Analytics bet for your business

How big a bet are you making on Data Science, are you going ‘all in’? With any event as rich in content at Data Insight Leader Summit, its useful to also hear others ‘takeaways’. So, to supplement my own insights from this conference, I’m delighted to welcome new guest blogger, Hanne Sorteberg. Hanne is BI Manager for SpareBank1 Forsikring, an alliance of savings banks in Norway (together Norway’s 2nd biggest.. Read More

Stakeholder Engagement – lessons for leaders from project management

At the end of another month, there is just time for one more post on stakeholder engagement. The change of term from stakeholder management is deliberate. As we welcome back frequent guest blogger Tony Boobier. In this post, Tony shares his relevant experience from the world of project management. Which stakeholders matter? How do you find them? What is the difference between stakeholder engagement & stakeholder management? Over to Tony.. 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

Data Insight Leaders Summit 2017 Day One – a debrief

After a pause in blogging, for a much-needed holiday, I’ve returned with a debrief from day one of Data Insight Leaders Summit 2017. It’s a joy to be back out in Barcelona chairing the second incarnation of this very useful  annual event. A gathering of over 100 data insight leaders from across UK & Europe, spending time together sharing their experience. As I said to delegates this morning, one of the.. Read More

Stakeholder Segmentation: Why you need one and video personas

Do you have a stakeholder segmentation? Had you even considered the need for one? Perhaps you think segmentations are just for customers or other parties external to your business. Does creating one for your key stakeholders sound like ‘over engineering‘? I’ve heard that response before. Yet, in this post I’ll make the case for how a stakeholder segmentation can help. I’ll also provide an example of one option, a simple.. 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

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