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Role Definition Workshops – from tasks to the roles needed (part 2)

This is part 2 of guest blogger, Hanne Sorteberg’s, series on Role Definition Workshops. I hope part 1 was useful to you. In this post, Hanne goes on to explain how to get from your long list of tasks, to the roles you need. As we start a month, focussed on Data Science, organising teams into the roles needed, is as relevant as ever. We have seen, in both Hanne’s.. Read More

Role Definition Workshops, a simple method to tune your team

Continuing our focus on designing your team, have you used role definition workshops? It’s not an approach that I’ve used before. But, I’m delighted to welcome back, guest blogger Hanne Sorteberg, to share her experience. She has so much advice to share, this is the first of another two-part series. Talking to Hanne, about these blog posts, I was impressed how this approach has worked for her, in very different.. Read More

Designing analytics teams, some options and advice to consider

Many of my recent ‘coffee conversations’, with leaders, have focussed on designing analytics teams. It sounds like many of you are wrestling, with how to design & resource the team you need, for 2018 and beyond. For that reason, as the days begin to lengthen & we can start to dream of spring, we will focus on teams. Our theme for this month is designing and developing your teams. In.. 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

Why you need to embed Customer Insight in your marketing lifecycle

Welcome to a new month & a new academic year. As we roll into September, our theme for the month moves on to ‘Marketing Applications’. By that, I mean examples of how Customer Insight can help throughout the marketing lifecycle. As before we will seek to bring you a mix of voices, as well as surveying your current practice. I hope, this Marketing focussed month, will bring some very practical.. Read More

How will you resource your insight team this year?

Continuing our January theme of goals & planning, how will you resource people to do the work? Amidst the merry-go-round of new business objectives, targets & budget allocation that can keep many a leader busy in January, there is the question of who? Who will do the work? Probably accompanied by how many people will there be in my team and do they have the skills & motivation they need? At.. Read More

Can we please just build insight this way?

Do we have to build that here? Can’t we just buy that in? One of the often quoted challenges, faced by Customer Insight leaders, is deciding on the right mix of in-house or outsourced capability. Examples exist of businesses, across multiple sectors, with different successful resourcing models for their insight teams. Some banks have taken advantage of significant investment in-house. Teams of hundreds of analysts across data, database marketing, analytics, modelling &.. Read More