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Which is the loneliest position in your Data Science Team?

The loneliest position

Continuing our theme of roles within Analytics or Data Science teams, let’s consider the loneliest position.

We are all human beings, no matter how technically gifted. We all make mistakes. Have you had the experience of realising you messed up? Perhaps you risked the reputation of your team, through a mistake in the data or your analysis. How did you handle that?

Based on his experience of watching Milwall play (a braver man than me), guest blogger Tony Boobier returns to discuss what this role means. What does he mean about the loneliest role…


Data Artist role: do Data Visualisation analysts mean no tools required?

data visualisation analysts

In this post, we consider the emerging role of Data Artist or Data Visualisation analyst.

Building on our popular post about the need for Product Manager roles, this month we turn our attention to other roles. Given the perennial interest in Data Visualisation from our readers, I am delighted to welcome back guest blogger Ryan Den Rooijen.

You may recall Ryan from both his audio interview and the guest post he shared on hackathons. This time, Ryan turns his attention to data visualisation and whether the Data Artist role means less emphasis on tools.


Using Hackathons to go from zero to business impact in a week


We’ve shared before the lessons that can be learnt from Design Thinking and the potential benefit of Hackathons.

Although previously reserved to tech companies or the most technology literate businesses, I am seeing more and more clients use this approach. When hearing about placements from Data Science graduates, I even heard of a hackathon with no coding at all.

So, I thought it time for us to explore this phenomenon, to see if it could help leaders like you. As a trusted guide, I am delighted to welcome Ryan den Rooijen as a new guest blogger. Ryan is Global Director of Data Services for Dyson. You may also recall that he was a very engaging interviewee on this audio post.


Why your project needs less planning and more collaboration

less planning

Could it be that project management needs less planning, to achieve flexible collaboration?

During our month focussed on projects & project management, it’s time for a contrarian view. Last month, guest blogger Tony Boobier suggested we give up setting goals. In this post, guest blogger William Buist takes a shot at planning.

Over to William to explain why he is sharing a useful idea, not just playing devils advocate


Tips for managing a project, more advice from experience with real world projects

managing a project

Continuing our series of practical tips for managing a project. In this post guest blogger, Tony Boobier, shares five more tricks of the trade.

If the previous four tips focussed on managing the workload, these five are more people focussed. A useful addition to our previous posts on Stakeholder Management & Stakeholder Engagement.

Over to Tony to share his final tips. One’s that I have seen are important for those managing data or analyst projects too. Here is more of what Tony learnt from managing that large programme… (more…)

On Setting Goals & the signposts that make good progress happen


To finish off our series of guest posts on setting goals, here are some useful signposts from William Buist.

William has joined us before as a guest blogger, to share on topics as diverse as GDPR, office environments & questioning.

In this post, he draws on his personal experience, as well as what he has learnt as a business mentor. William encourages us to look beyond our goals to our journeys. Are you setting goals in a way that makes them more than fantasy?


Inspired to set effective goals for 2019 – thanks to these questions

inspired to set effective goals

Talking with readers about our previous controversial post, many are still inspired to set effective goals for 2019.

The word that matters most in that sentence, is ‘inspired’. What seems to make the difference between those for whom goals work, is personal relevance & inspiration. Across a year there will be setbacks (foreseeable & unexpected). You need goals that clearly connect to a personal “Why?” for you as a leader.

So, I am delighted to welcome back guest blogger Kevin Watson, to quickly share how he helps his clients. Kevin is a very experienced leadership coach & founder of My Own Coach. In this post, he tackles how to set goals that excite or inspire you. Over to Kevin…