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.
#178: The Modern Dashboard Dilemma
One of our KPIs for the show is to keep the Topic Repeat Rate (TRR) below 1.2%. From carefully monitoring our show dashboard, we had an actionable insight: we could finally revisit episode #002. Conveniently, the topic of that show was dashboards, which explains the self-referential stemwinder of a description of this episode. That show was "a long, long time ago. We can still remember… when the dashboards used to make us smile." For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#177: Design Thinking, Empathy, and the Analyst with Hilary Parker
What is a system without empathy? What is a show summary without an attempt to overly distill the discussion to the point of sounding like nonsense? On this episode, Hilary Parker (who you may know from the Not So Standard Deviations podcast or elsewhere) joined us to discuss what we can learn from the design process (as in: actual designers) when it comes to analytics and data science. Among other things, that mindset highlights the importance of the analyst empathizing with stakeholders. Tim got very uncomfortable. Michael said he understood Tim's discomfort. For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#176: Analytics on the High Seas: Data at the Helm of an Aircraft Carrier with Capt. Paul Lanzilotta
Stop for a minute and think about the highest stakes campaign or test you've ever run. Were you nervous? Now, instead, imagine that you're on an aircraft carrier with a few thousand people on board whose safety you are responsible for, and your team is about to watch 40,000 tons of ordnance detonate (in an environmentally friendly way) right next to the ship... so you can collect data to verify that the various systems are working as expected. On this episode, our guest can't really talk about the former situation, but he can discuss the latter in depth: Capt. Paul Lanzilotta is the commanding officer of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the lead ship in the latest class of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Perspective, much? For complete show notes, including links to items mentioned in this episode and a transcript of the show, visit the show page.
#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.
One of the best analytics podcasts out there. If not THEE best. Especially if you’re early in your knowledge journey; great listen to get newcomers up to speed.
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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.