Another Predictive Analytics Times article I want to capture here.
After President Obama appointed DJ Patil as the first Chief Data Scientist of the United States, the Tamarians on Sigma Tama IV followed suit. Though humankind used to become easily frustrated communicating with Tamarians, it’s gotten easier since they acquired internet access. Whereas analogy to history and legend was their main communication method previously, now they can refer to our own writings.
Kenny Darrell (KD), a Lead Data Scientist at Elder Research can communicate via reference and was able to interview the Tamarian Chief Data Scientist (T). Here are the highlights.
KD: What can organizations do to increase their chances of survival?
KD: How can a company become more data-driven, as you suggest?
KD: Sounds like there are social/political battles to win as well as technical ones! How do I get my hands on these so-called data scientists?
KD: It does seem like some job postings want it all. But if that’s impossible what are the key skills needed?
KD: Okay, very interesting. That person you describe – a story-telling tech whiz – still seems like they may be rare and expensive.
KD: So, if a team is better than a single person, are there particular skill sets and roles that they fit into?
KD: That makes sense; each brings something different, but they have to share enough to communicate well.
KD: Does it matter what sort of analytic work I need done?
KD: Sounds like you have to be comfortable with continually asking questions! Does the model have to be understandable to an Analyst, a Client, or just a computer?
KD: What does a team need to hit the ground running?
KD: I have to admit, I’m honored you took the words out of my mouth! It sounds like some analytical terraforming may be in order.
KD: So the push for analytics needs to come from the top?
KD: So the people, like a business champion, or a great communicator, seems to be as vital as a tech whiz.
KD: So data scientists get it wrong a lot, eh?
KD: Wow, I am starting to wonder is it even worth it?
KD: OK, pardon the momentary doubt! I just need realistic expectations.
KD: Maybe this is field is just too big to fit into one article?