Attend any conference for any topic and you will hear people saying after that the best and most informative discussions happened in the bar after the show. Read any business magazine and you will find an article saying something along the lines of "Business Analytics is the hottest job category out there, and there is a significant lack of people, process and best practice." In this case the conference was eMetrics, the bar was….multiple, and the attendees were Michael Helbling, Tim Wilson and Jim Cain (Co-Host Emeritus). After a few pints and a few hours of discussion about the cutting edge of digital analytics, they realized they might have something to contribute back to the community. This podcast is one of those contributions. Each episode is a closed topic and an open forum - the goal is for listeners to enjoy listening to Michael, Tim, and Moe share their thoughts and experiences and hopefully take away something to try at work the next day. We hope you enjoy listening to the Digital Analytics Power Hour.
#175: Searching to Be a Better Analyst with Wil Reynolds
As analysts, it can be easy to get so focused on the data that we lose sight of the imperative that we answer meaningful questions (aka: validating relevant hypotheses). On this episode, we sat down with Wil Reynolds, co-founder and accidental lead generator for SEER Interactive, for a discussion that turned out to be about curiosity and the power of trying to prove yourself wrong (and being willing to invest the time to do so!). In the end, we concluded that Wil has always been a "data person," even if he doesn’t necessarily see himself as such. That is... actually kinda' profound! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#174: Who Sits Where and Why and How...with the Data?
Have you ever worked in a large organization where the data team(s) are perfectly structured to deliver efficient, harmonious, and meaningful results to the business with 'nary a gap nor a redundancy? If you answered "yes," then we'll go ahead and report you to HR for being a LIAR! From high growth startups to staid enterprises, figuring out how to organize the data and data-adjacent teams is always chock full of tradeoffs. And that's the topic of this episode. For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#173: Finding (Baseball) Diamonds in the Analytical Rough with Ben Lindbergh
Have you ever thought, "you know, it would be interesting to take my analytical knowledge and just totally run an organization based on what the data says?" Yeah. Us, either. That's terrifying! But, that's exactly what our guest on this episode did. Ben Lindbergh, along with his stathead-in-crime (aka, co-author) Sam Miller, took over the management of a minor league baseball team in 2015, and the result was The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team. How does that apply to analytics in the business world? In a surprising number of ways, it turns out! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#172: Data Translator? How About a Data Detective? with Tim Harford
Data is everywhere and it's simply not going away. Plenty of people do seem to ignore it to their peril, but if we are trying to make sense of the world, making good sense of data is absolutely critical. In business we call it data literacy, and, truthfully, it is a mandatory skill set for almost anyone. Data and understanding data might have a set of rules, and it seems like not everyone is committed to playing by those rules. Sometimes even our own brains get in on the act of hiding what the data actually means from us. And that's the subject of this episode with Financial Times columnist, BBC presenter, and Data Detective / How to Make the World Add Up author Tim Harford. For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#171: We're Back! Plus: "Cassie's Ideas"
We're baaaaaaack…! Shorter show name, a rebrand, some minor formatting and structural updates, but still "Moe Kiss with a couple of guys who listeners can't keep straight." On this episode, we talk for a little bit about what we've been doing while we were on hiatus and then dive into a topic that only Cassie Kozyrkov has dared to deeply explore before: the distinction between analysts, statisticians, data engineers, ML engineers...and data charlatans. Well, really just the first two. But, Cassie('s content) has made numerous appearances on the show, so it seemed like high time that we dug into some of her ideas. For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#130 (Rebroadcast): Data Stories with Nancy Duarte
Once upon a time, there was an analyst. And that analyst had some data. She used that data to do some analysis, and from that analysis she realized she had some recommendations she could make to her organization. This was the point where our intrepid analyst reached a metaphorical fork in Communication Road: would she hastily put all of her thoughts together quickly in a slide deck with charts and graphs and bullets, or would she pause, step back, and craft a true data story? Well, if she listened to this episode of the podcast with presentation legend Nancy Duarte, author of five award-winning books (the most recent one — DataStory: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story — being the main focus of this episode) she would do the latter, and her story would have a happy ending indeed! For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
This episode originally aired on December 17, 2019.
Refreshing = f(Approachable Insightful) = This Podcast
Recently discovered this podcast after my usuals were becoming increasingly tiresome and I am SO glad I did! Insightful and humorous discussions encompassing a range of diverse, yet relevant topics. I would highly recommend this podcast for anyone seeking a balanced take on data analytics and real world applications.
Best podcast out there
I LOVE this podcast! I always listen immediately when it comes out. Great hosts, great guests, and great topics. I always learn something new! And, I always sound super smart at work when I mention something I learned on the show :). I’ve gotten my manager and a few other coworkers to listen to.
When I grow up, I wanna be just like y’all. Lol
I am a data analyst by day and I gotta say, these guys make me feel like an amateur at times. Lol so smart, providing insights that well, others just don’t. I like keeping ahead on the “technology” curb and this is the best way to have a peek inside their approach as well as The Who’s-who of the business analytics world. Keep up the great work and love the re-branding! -jimmy.