The proof of the pudding is in the eating

Making a decision changes a state of possibility into a state of intention. Like turning batter into cake. Intention followed by action followed by reflection is the only route to learning. Like eating the cake and seeing how it tastes. The making of a decision is the point at which multiple possibilities resolve to theContinue reading “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”

What is your personal decision-making style?

What’s your style for making decisions? And what does that mean about how you use data?If you’re an analyst then what decision-making styles do your stakeholders have? And how do they vary? What does that variation mean for how you talk to them and deliver to them? We all have different personalities which bring differentContinue reading “What is your personal decision-making style?”

How do we really make decisions?

Top of this morning’s google search of ‘decision making’ brings up the totally sensible, totally logical 7 step model:1) Identify the decision2) Gather information3) Identify alternatives4) Weigh the evidence5) Choose among alternatives6) Take action7) Review the decision As if.Let’s be honest, this is not how humans work. And even if they did, real business contextsContinue reading “How do we really make decisions?”

The missing question

In briefing for delivery of data, analytics and insight I’ve asked the following questions: Who is it for? What is their objective/what are they trying to achieve? What is the issue/pain point/business problem they are dealing with? What decisions are they looking to make? What kind of action and change do they hope will resultContinue reading “The missing question”

Who’s driving the car?

In a self-driving car, inputs from the surrounding environment are processed, and outputs of speed, steering and navigation of the vehicle are modeled and executed. The assessments of risk, the prediction of outcomes and the ensuing actions happen with varying levels of automation depending on the level of automation. The car model Level 0 –Continue reading “Who’s driving the car?”

Where does Data Culture fit into an Organisation?

Data Culture fits into Organisational Culture via its Decision Culture. Every organisation has a Decision Culture which influences how decisions are made. This will be determined by stated values, beliefs and behaviours – statements that appear in an organisational strategy, governance documents and written policies and processes. The Decision Culture will also be influenced byContinue reading “Where does Data Culture fit into an Organisation?”

Scaling analytics team part 5: Stop Firefighting

You’re a wood carver.You do a great job.Your work is valuable.You’ve built a reputation.People like working with you. They have more requests for you.New people want to work with you now they’ve seen your work.The list of requests is growing.The seeds you planted to grow your own trees have become a forest to manage.As wellContinue reading “Scaling analytics team part 5: Stop Firefighting”

A woman’s place is in the script: gender balance stats at Pixar

The documentary series Inside Pixar, includes the brilliant story of Jessica Heidt, one of the animation studio’s script supervisors. Jessica’s story got me very excited because it is a story about research, curiosity, data and about how evidence alongside advocacy can make change. Jessica works on scripts at Pixar, she keeps track of all scriptContinue reading “A woman’s place is in the script: gender balance stats at Pixar”

Purpose, Vision & Pride

Whether building a new team or function from scratch (maybe it’s just you!) or scaling up a team, intentionally defining your purpose is a great way to get clarity on what’s important, which will help enormously with future prioritising. Crafting a purpose statement is well worth working in a group to do, perhaps even withContinue reading “Purpose, Vision & Pride”

Scaling teams part 4: Document management

Here we continue the series exploring what’s needed to scale analytics and insight teams (parts one and two, and three here). What type of flow are we looking at?All of them… Flows from stakeholders to the team Flows from the team to stakeholders Flows between multiple stakeholders Flows between analysts within the team Flows between analysts and other collaboratorsContinue reading “Scaling teams part 4: Document management”