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

Data Science programming languages: (1) Resources for R

This month, let’s turn our attention to Data Science programming languages; today, resources for R. Ever since the rise of R as an alternative to traditional statistical packages (like SAS, IBM Analytics etc), there has been a growing focus on coding. In the past I have tended to avoid these programming languages as a topic for this blog, as I have some concerns. Namely that the role of insight analysts,.. Read More

Curating a Big Picture, why research teams need to learn how

Research teams can be mistakenly viewed as simply research buyers or just project managers, for a number of reasons, including a lack of curating a big picture. I’m sure anyone leading a research or customer insight team can relate to the problems of such misconceptions. But, what do I mean by ‘curating a big picture‘? In many ways, this is an extension of the points I previously made on knowledge.. Read More

Data Visualisation books – our third set of resources for you

During our month with more focus on Data Visualisation, we should not overlook data visualisation books. I hope our previous posts, focussing on Data Viz blogs and twitter experts have helped your personal development. But, even in this digital age, we should not overlook the power of books. Whether you invest in hard copy or digital versions, the longer form of books often give opportunity to better structure information for.. Read More

Invest time in these CPD resources for your warm evenings

As the temperature becomes increasingly balmy & we enjoy lighter evenings, do you have more time to look over CPD resources? We’ve mentioned previously the importance of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), both as a leader & an insight professional (data, analytics or research). So, to complement those reflections on what breadth of content is relevant for Customer Insight leaders, this post shares a few more resources that may help. Once again,.. Read More

What topics should CPD, for Customer Insight leaders, cover?

A few different parts, of my practice, periodically remind me about Continuous Professional Development (CPD). As a leadership coach, the co-coaching events or workshops I attend, are counted towards CPD credits for my Association for Coaching membership. As an Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing member & marker, I also get annual reminders to register any personal development activities over the year. Plus, I am regularly mailed by the Institute of.. Read More

Understanding Data Science & how to develop your Data Scientists

In previous posts we have cautioned against assuming you need a Data Scientist. With so much hype still surrounding the term, leaders confess to as much confusion as any clear strategy as to how to use such a capability. However, creation of Data Science teams continues at a pace & plenty of graduate analysts are now starting their career saddled with the label of data scientist. Given this obvious need.. Read More