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Short Bio:
Former eBay Head of Global Analytics. Now consulting and speaking on Data Science, BI and data privacy.
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Data Science Innovation
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Chief Data Scientist
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Consultant
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Analytics Translators: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on May 26, 2020 at 8:00am 1 Comment

It's been two years since Mckinsey invented the term analytics translator, called it the ‘new must-have role’ and predicted we’d need around 5 million of them.

FIVE MILLION

That’s a bit more than the entire population of Los Angeles, but just slightly less than all of Norway.

For the past ten years, we’ve struggled with the ambiguous title ‘data scientist’, then ‘citizen data scientist’. Now it’s ‘analytics translator’.

Although I've seen many 'data…

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Up-skilling in the Lock-down

Posted on May 1, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Friday the 13th of March: day one of the Dutch corona lock-down. I was almost out the door to deliver day 4 of a data science product owner training at the University of Amsterdam, but somehow hadn’t connected the dots that the university closings announced the previous evening meant my training was also cancelled. By force of habit,…

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New book on big data, AI and data science for executive audiences

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 9:49am 0 Comments

It's been a while since my last blog post, but I wanted to update everyone on a project that's been keeping me busy recently.

Last year Pearson Publishing commissioned me to write a book on big data / data science.  They asked me to write it for executive audiences (non-technical), and to make it very practical for business use. Writing the book was quite a task, but it was a great exercise in summarizing the industry experience I'd gathered in my years leading data science teams…

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Office Politics: A survival guide for data scientists

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Everyone gets sunk by office politics at some point in their career, but data scientists  are in some ways especially ill-prepared to navigate the unspoken rules and hidden agendas that together form a critical part of the corporate world.  Although some people may actively fuel office politics to gain power, I'll assume that's not the case for most of us. I'd like instead to simply suggest a few basic survival skills, so we can focus as much as possible on…

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