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Alan Turing Institute annual lecture – Better Living through Trusted Data

When Harry Powell shared, that he was planning to attend this year’s Alan Turing Institute annual lecture, I naturally asked him to blog for us. Harry is a very experienced Data Science leader, having created & led Data Science teams at several businesses, including Barclays. So, I was interested to learn more about his interest in a lecture from Prof. Sandy Pentland of MIT. As someone with a background in.. Read More

Why automating IoT needs rule elicitation, not just Data Science

Focusing on how to design & develop your teams, this month, reminded me of rule elicitation work I did over 20 years ago. We have previously focussed on the breadth of skills, including different technical skills, needed within an analytics team. As well as the modern passion for new role titles (Data Engineer, Data Journalist etc), it can be worth learning from the past. Back in the early 1990s, I.. Read More

Ethnographic research is still evolving and relevant for business

This week, following another wonderful wedding (my daughter this time), I’ve been thinking about ethnographic research. A variety of circumstances, including the wedding, have meant I’ve reflected on the continued importance of human interaction and the power of observing people. It’s easy, in our increasingly technology-focused world, to assume the future of any industry lies in increasing automation and use of AI to reduce reliance on humans. But, what separates.. Read More

Festive Others

As we approach December and experience ‘Black Friday’ becoming more established in the UK Calendar (perhaps without Thanksgiving we can make it a holiday to remember that retailers systems do crash too?), it’s time for a more festive post. This time I’m sharing a few Christmas related insight posts from others. Hope you enjoy them. Ho ho ho… First, how about some gift ideas for your insight team? The 2014 Gift Guide for.. Read More