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Data Science programming languages: (2) Resources for Python

Resources for PythonAs promised in our previous post, for the R programming language, this one will focus on resources for Python.

Although R may have a longer heritage within the Statistics and Data Science community, Python could be described as a more complete programming language.

In my conversations with clients and Data Science leaders, I’ve also heard a number praise Python as much quicker to learn. So,although both languages are proving popular with analytics teams, there is perhaps a choice between the more statistically grounded R and the easier programming in Python.

But, even that distinction is now less clear, as both benefit from the kind of support/resources ecosystem that I mentioned in my post on R.

So, enough introduction, let me share some resources that I’ve found to help Python coders (and would be coders). Enjoy diving in, at the risk of getting bitten by the coding bug.  (more…)

Data Science programming languages: (1) Resources for R

Resources for RThis 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, in the migration to job title of Data Scientist, is being reduced to that of a programmer. Too much focus on coding skills & the capabilities of new packages, can reduce the needed focus on interpretation, insight generation & influencing a business.

However, working with clients, I am seeing that a majority are now embracing this new generation of analytics tools/languages. So, I thought it would make sense to (hopefully) help readers by sharing the resources I have found online for a few of the most popular options.

In this post we will focus on the R programming language. (more…)

Data Visualisation books – our third set of resources for you

Data Visualisation booksDuring 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 self-development. So, to complement those earlier resources, in this post I am going to recommend a number of books from 9 experts.

Many of these experts are the same people I have recommended for blogs & tweets, but there are 4 new experts. I’ll leave you to spot which are different. Plus, enjoy this treasure trove of 11 data visualisation books from 9 Data Viz experts. (more…)

How to understand your customers’ mobile mind shift

mobile mind shift

When I first received a copy of this book, when it was published in 2014, I didn’t think it would be so relevant. Understanding a ‘mobile mind shift‘ sounded like just a fancy way of presenting advice for e-commerce leaders working on moving to mobile.

Now, having read this engaging work, I can see how relevant it is to all business leaders (including customer insight leaders).

There is much more to think about than you might first imagine. This practical book makes a good case for explaining why you can’t just port your website. It’s also much more involved than just having a dynamic presentation layer, that will adapt to the device (i.e. screen size) being used. (more…)

Are you drifting or do you have a plan for your life?

plan your life

Summer holidays can be a great opportunity for reflection. Whether you are lying on a beach or enjoying a sightseeing vacation, I wonder if you’ve reflected on a plan for your life?

I’m conscious that can sound a bit worthy, or overly ambitious.

But, consider for a moment, how many important priorities in your business would you seek to achieve without a plan?

Is your life & what you want to achieve with your life actually less important than those business goals?

Given the importance of this topic & the fact that I still find most leaders lack any form of ‘life plan‘, I’m delighted to review a new book to help you create one.

A bestseller already, Living Forward is co-authored by leading influencer Michael Hyatt & coaching expert Daniel Harkavy. (more…)

Do the stories, you tell your business, inspire?

stories

Ten years ago, in 2005, a group of people working in the field of knowledge management across UK & USA, coined the phrase ‘narrative leadership‘.

So was born what might appear another fad in the field of leadership. Plenty of books were written & conferences attended.

But, once the dust had settled, and HBR et al were talking about other topics, positive progress had been made. More CEOs made use of stories to communicate compelling visions. More innovative businesses brought together multidisciplinary teams to share knowledge through storytelling. One of the leading lights of this movement was a consultant called Stephen Denning.

Now a decade on, amidst the buzz about big data, decision science, content marketing & disruption – you don’t hear many people talk about narrative leadership. But a focus on storytelling is reawakening. In the early 2000s I had the pleasure of experiencing a leadership training course that included material from Stephen & was captivated. The concept that humans are innately receptive to the telling of stories as a means of effective communication was self-evident around the world & in so many different cultures. It was also captivating to imagine how the dull world of working in Financial Services could be enlivened by this more holistic style of leadership. (more…)

Do you know which rules to break or laws to follow?

Own photoSome authors and industry experts have real staying power.

Despite how much change happens in that industry, they manage to adapt and stay relevant to their readers/customers.

Such an accolade can surely be made about Don Peppers & Martha Rogers. In that way they live their own message.

I first came across Peppers & Roger’s writing back just before the new millennium.

Their classic “The 1to1 Future“, popularised the term One to One Marketing and helped the revolution in Database Marketing & Analytics. Previously I’ve also made reference to their most comprehensive work, “Managing Customer Relationships“, which should be required reading as a textbook on CRM (which is as relevant as ever even if an unfashionable name). (more…)