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How Millennials Should View the World of Data Science

Many of my MBA students are perplexed about how much data science capabilities and skills they need in order to get hired.  It appears that in many job interviews, employers are looking for students who have both business subject matter as well as data science expertise. Here is an example of such a conversation:MBA Student: I get lots of questions about my data science skills. I don't understand the need for that from me. I will never be as good as a data scientist who has spent years…See More
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Duane Baker liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post Using Design to Drive Business Outcomes, or Uncovering What You Don’t Know That You Already Know
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Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

The Power of Reframing and the Economics of Starting Pitching

I’m a big fan of Woody Allen’s earlier movies such as “Bananas”, “Sleeper” and especially the award winning “Annie Hall.”  One of the things that always impressed me about Woody Allen was his ability to reframe the conversation in a way that was both provocative and creative. For example in the movie “Annie Hall”, there is a scene where Annie Hall (played by Diane Keaton) and Alvy Singer (played by Woody Allen) are sitting with their respective psychoanalysts when they are both asked the same…See More
Nov 4
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

The Power of Reframing and the Economics of Starting Pitching

I’m a big fan of Woody Allen’s earlier movies such as “Bananas”, “Sleeper” and especially the award winning “Annie Hall.”  One of the things that always impressed me about Woody Allen was his ability to reframe the conversation in a way that was both provocative and creative. For example in the movie “Annie Hall”, there is a scene where Annie Hall (played by Diane Keaton) and Alvy Singer (played by Woody Allen) are sitting with their respective psychoanalysts when they are both asked the same…See More
Nov 1
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Data Science “Paint by the Numbers” with the Hypothesis Development Canvas

 When I was a kid, I use to love “Paint by the Numbers” sets.  Makes anyone who can paint or color between the lines a Rembrandt or Leonardo da Vinci (we can talk later about the long-term impact of forcing kids to “stay between the lines”). Well, the design world is applying the “Paint by the Numbers” concept using design canvases.  A…See More
Oct 28
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

Data Science “Paint by the Numbers” with the Hypothesis Development Canvas

 When I was a kid, I use to love “Paint by the Numbers” sets.  Makes anyone who can paint or color between the lines a Rembrandt or Leonardo da Vinci (we can talk later about the long-term impact of forcing kids to “stay between the lines”). Well, the design world is applying the “Paint by the Numbers” concept using design canvases.  A…See More
Oct 28
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Oct 25
Bill Schmarzo posted a blog post

Critical Thinking and Becoming “Students of Data Science”

Social media and internet search scare me because it is so easy to acquire information without also acquiring the associated knowledge. It’s easy to find almost any information via search or social media, but an effective “student of data scientist” (as well as any effective future leader) must learn to discern easily acquired information with a sense of skepticism. To quote the character Dr. Ian Malcolm (played skillfully by Jeffrey Goldblum) in the movie “Jurassic Park:”…See More
Oct 25
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Embracing Conflict to Fuel Digital Innovation

When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability.  But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking.  For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending.  Or I can easily…See More
Oct 20
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

Embracing Conflict to Fuel Digital Innovation

When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability.  But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking.  For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending.  Or I can easily…See More
Oct 20
Mahendra Das liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post Why Is Data Science Different than Software Development?  It Starts with Data…Lots o’ DATA!!
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Why Is Data Science Different than Software Development?  It Starts with Data…Lots o’ DATA!!

Data science development is very different from software development, and getting the two to mesh is sometimes like trying to cobble together Tinker Toys with Lincoln Logs.  One data science expert once described the differences as:Software development is “Measure twice; cut once,” while Data Science is “Cut, cut, cut!”The methodologies and processes that support successful software development do not work for data science projects according to one simple observation: software development…See More
Oct 18
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

Why Is Data Science Different than Software Development?  It Starts with Data…Lots o’ DATA!!

Data science development is very different from software development, and getting the two to mesh is sometimes like trying to cobble together Tinker Toys with Lincoln Logs.  One data science expert once described the differences as:Software development is “Measure twice; cut once,” while Data Science is “Cut, cut, cut!”The methodologies and processes that support successful software development do not work for data science projects according to one simple observation: software development…See More
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30+ years of data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics experience. Also teach at the University of San Francisco School of Management
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Bill Schmarzo's Blog

How Millennials Should View the World of Data Science

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 1:38pm 0 Comments

Many of my MBA students are perplexed about how much data science capabilities and skills they need in order to get hired.  It appears that in many job interviews, employers are looking for students who have both business subject matter as well as data science expertise. Here is an example of such a conversation:

MBA Student: I get lots of questions about my data science skills. I don't understand the need for that from me. I will never be as good as a…

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The Power of Reframing and the Economics of Starting Pitching

Posted on November 1, 2018 at 4:03am 0 Comments

I’m a big fan of Woody Allen’s earlier movies such as “Bananas”, “Sleeper” and especially the award winning “Annie Hall.”  One of the things that always impressed me about Woody Allen was his ability to reframe the conversation in a way that was both provocative and creative. For example in the movie “Annie Hall”, there is a scene where Annie Hall (played by Diane Keaton) and Alvy Singer (played by Woody Allen) are sitting with their respective psychoanalysts when they are both asked…

Continue

Data Science “Paint by the Numbers” with the Hypothesis Development Canvas

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

 When I was a kid, I use to love “Paint by the Numbers” sets.  Makes anyone who can paint or color between the lines a Rembrandt or Leonardo da Vinci (we can talk later about the long-term impact of forcing kids to “stay between the lines”).

 

Well, the design world is applying the “Paint by the…

Continue

Critical Thinking and Becoming “Students of Data Science”

Posted on October 20, 2018 at 12:29pm 0 Comments

Social media and internet search scare me because it is so easy to acquire information without also acquiring the associated knowledge. It’s easy to find almost any information via search or social media, but an effective “student of data scientist” (as well as any effective future leader) must learn to discern easily acquired information with a sense of skepticism. To quote the character Dr. Ian Malcolm (played skillfully by Jeffrey Goldblum) in the movie “Jurassic Park:”…

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