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Building a Better Analytics Organization - Common Issues (Part 2) analytics analytics engineering data data engineering May 07, 2022

Welcome back to my series on Building a Better Analytics Organization.

Part 1 — Introduction, common tasks, and an introduction to challenges for an individual and for a team
Part 2 — Overview of the common areas where problems can occur and the specific problems that...

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Building a Better Analytics Organization - Introduction (Part 1) analytics analytics engineering data data engineering Apr 30, 2022

Welcome to Part 1 of my 7-part series on Building a Better Analytics Organization. In this series we’ll be discussing how to create a connected analytics world to help you move faster, with fewer bugs, and less headaches. In this article, I’ll cover a background of the analytics...

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How to use Jira for Analytics Apr 23, 2022

This article is designed to provide some tips for how to use Jira when creating and updating tickets. If you haven’t already checked out my article about “What Jira is and how you should be using it”, I’d highly recommend giving it a read. There are some crucial points to...

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What is Jira and Why Should I Be Using It? analytics analytics engineering data data engineering management Apr 22, 2022

If you’ve never used Jira (or any other issue tracking software) then allow me to introduce you to Jira. If you are an existing user, hopefully I’ll be able to share a few practices that may be of benefit to you and your environment. This article provides an introduction to Jira and...

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Understanding and Getting Started with Git Apr 16, 2022

In one of my previous articles I briefly discussed how software development teams function and why they have a need for a code repository and version control system. If you haven’t had a chance to read it I recommend checking it out to get a better understanding of software...

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Embracing Mistakes of Team Members leadership management Apr 09, 2022

 

I’ve had a philosophy about embracing and championing mistakes for most of my life and how it has helped me to create better teams. Some of this philosophy comes from my core values and beliefs but some of it also became solidified after witnessing some pretty horrible...

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Analysts are not Software Developers (but they should be) analytics analytics engineering data data engineering Apr 02, 2022

 

Over the last 20 years, I’ve been consistently working in the tech space and I’ve worked as an individual contributor and a manager with 6 different companies. I started out in software quality assurance engineering, wrote various applications, and later moved into analytics...

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A Canary in the [Data] Coal Mine analytics analytics engineering data engineering Feb 25, 2022

Over the last 10 years dashboards have become a crucial asset in the analytics space. Stakeholders want dashboards built for limitless reasons, analysts and managers rely on them for daily insights, and the dashboard vendors (such Tableau and PowerBI) assert the power, ability, and potential of...

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Are you Treating your Analysts like Task Rabbits? analytics data management stakeholders Feb 16, 2022

Throughout my career I’ve seen a number of different analytics teams and as you might expect, there are a handful of similarities and a handful of differences in how each team operates. But one thing that has consistently stuck out is how analysts are frequently hired, viewed, and utilized...

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Tips and Components of Great Analytics Project analytics data Feb 07, 2022

Recently I was mentoring an individual (early in his career) and he asked me a question: “What makes an analytics project a good project?” I thought that this was a really good question and worth talking about because the answer impacts individuals that are working on existing...

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A Blueprint for Your Staff leadership management Feb 02, 2022

Have you ever worked on a project where you felt extremely proud of your contribution only to have management disregard your work? What about if you felt that you were being helpful and inclusive by copying your manager on all of your emails, only to find out that your manager finds you annoying...

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Are you Really Creating Opportunities for your Team? analytics leadership management Feb 02, 2022

With the Super Bowl just days away and Tom Brady’s retirement announcement being made public, I felt that this would be a good time to discuss how teams and individuals are built. Leveraging of course, some stories from Tom Brady, his career, and football teams.

I have a question for you....

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