Data Storytelling

Have you ever watched a movie that had great actors, costumes, sets, cinematography, and special effects but a terrible plot? If so, you probably left the movie theater or walked away from your television feeling disappointed. On the other hand,...

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Overcoming Common Barriers to Asking Data Science Questions

In a previous post, Getting Better Data Analytics Questions, I stress the importance of asking compelling questions when serving as a member on a data science team. After all, questions are the impetus for exploration and discovery. In that post...

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Missing Data Leads to the Wrong Conclusions

In my previous post, Challenging the Evidence in Data Science, I encourage data science teams to be skeptical of any claims or evidence that supports those claims, and I provide several techniques for challenging claims and evidence.

However,...

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Challenging the Evidence in Data Science

Data drives the data science team's exploration and discovery, so the team must be on the constant lookout for bad data, which can lead the team astray or result in erroneous conclusions. In this post, I present several ways to challenge the data...

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Three Places to Look for Data Analytics Questions

In a previous post, Getting Better Data Analytics Questions, I recommend a couple ways to get the get the ball rolling when it comes to getting people in your organization to start asking compelling questions. However, getting people to ask...

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Using a Question Board in Team Meetings

The question board helps with this because it provides a place for people to focus their discussions. It also helps the team stand up and participate physically and come up with new ideas.

Many of your questions will be interconnected. Often,...

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Getting Better Data Analytics Questions

The success of any data science initiative hinges on the team's ability to ask interesting questions that are relevant to the organization's success and its ability and willingness to challenge assumptions and beliefs. After all, without...

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Evaluating Your Critical Thinking Skills

Think about the last time you heard someone admit to being wrong about something important and personal — not wrong about something insignificant, such as the scheduled time for an event, but rather wrong about a passionate belief or an...

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Harnessing the Power of Critical Thinking

Imagine delivering a presentation to a group of coworkers. You've developed a way to manufacture the company's signature product at half the cost. In the middle of your presentation, someone interrupts with a question: "Where did you get those...

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Making Your Sprints More Insightful

In my two previous posts, Building a Data Science Life Cycle and Conducting Data Analytics in Sprints, I present a six-stage framework to structure the work a data science team performs and five techniques for performing the work in intense,...

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