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”

Diverge & Converge – Finding Balance

Whether it’s unpicking the prickliest of thorny data problems or designing engaging and informative data visualisations, there is the need to use both divergent and convergent thinking. As an analyst, I know I use both and I believe that data analysis and insight work lends itself strongly to the design thinking ‘double diamond’ model (twoContinue reading “Diverge & Converge – Finding Balance”

Scaling teams part 3: Request and response

Here we continue the series exploring what’s needed to scale analytics and insight teams (parts one and two here). In this post we’re looking at the request funnel – the ways in which the team receives, and responds to, requests from stakeholders. What type of flow are we looking at? Flows from stakeholders to theContinue reading “Scaling teams part 3: Request and response”

Insight Analyst vs Software Developer: Puzzles

At home, my resident software developer and I discuss data, tech and coding among other more domestic topics. These other topics include: what we’re going to have for dinner, why the purchase of a new shed was never part of the plan of action prior to destruction of the old one, and whether or notContinue reading “Insight Analyst vs Software Developer: Puzzles”

Painting pictures with data: Emma’s year of adventure.

  How’s this for a year’s project? THE RULES: Do something new each day Do it with someone else Document it Pretty daunting, huh? That’s why I’m not doing it. But Emma Lawton is. That’s incredible. What’s more incredible is that in 2013 at the age of 29, Emma was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. And, likeContinue reading “Painting pictures with data: Emma’s year of adventure.”

Why ‘I don’t have time’ is a lie to yourself and others

At work, time poverty is a lie, an illusion. In a company where everyone works the same hours a week, time is cancelled out as a factor in the productivity equation. Time doesn’t exist. So what truths does that leave? ‘I don’t know what I’m trying to achieve’ Sounds simple, but your goals and objectivesContinue reading “Why ‘I don’t have time’ is a lie to yourself and others”

Who, what, why and Venn

Vacation is a good time to contemplate life and career, fulfillment and frustration. It’s a good time to assess if you have the right balance in your life, and, if not, what might be missing. And what better way to make that assessment that using the favourite of data visualisers everywhere – the venn diagram.Continue reading “Who, what, why and Venn”

Data vs Insight skillsets

Growing any analytics or insight function requires hiring the right skills for the jobs. Those jobs include data jobs, analysis jobs, and various shades of soft skill jobs like stakeholder development, project management, communication, influencing, storytelling and the list goes on. Whilst there are some unicorns out there whose talents straddle all things techy dataContinue reading “Data vs Insight skillsets”