Glen and I met improvising together more than 15 years ago. Here are some of the things he talks about:
- Data School: a new idea for educating data people so that they are equipped to work in the decision sciences
- Most important thing with data analysis is that people make decisions and take action from it
- 70% of data analysis is data cleansing and prep. But if you can’t count then you’re out of the game
- Glen believes pie charts are evil: see his Ignite talk below
- Pecha kucha, Ignite Sydney and the Pyramid principle (Situation complication question answer)
- The essential nature of curiosity for data people: If you’re not a curious person in data you’ll be miserable!
- How important it is to be easy to work with
- Most expensive thing you can do in an organisation is to call a meeting
- The importance of first impressions
- No one as a child says “When I grow up I want to be a consultant”
- It’s more than just being able to do predictive analytics. you need to get the client’s attention for long enough to get context, and everyone else wants their attention too: you need to find a compelling reason for the client to fit you into their day
- Machine learning and data catalogues, Alation as part of the new wave of data cataloguing tools
- Glen’s analogy for data cataloguing
Things we mentioned!
Glen’s favourite charity is Meals on wheels
I refer to Shailendra Kumar’s podcast which you will find here.
Zombies run! an app for people who like a narrative in their run!
Visualisations and explanations
Stephen Few Show me the numbers
Glen reads the Economist magazine
TV and shows
Glen’s brother, Trevor’s podcast.