Data Work: A Jargon-Free Guide to Managing Successful Data Teams
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This book is for managers and executives who find themselves overseeing a data team, despite having little experience with data themselves.
It is meant to be a simple, jargon free guide that you can read over the weekend. It will tell you the 20% of your job that solves 80% of the problems you’ll face.
Problems, such as:
- Missing and / or inaccurate data
- Poor or irrelevant reporting and analysis
- Constant project delays, revisions, and deadline extensions
- Ill-defined goals for data solutions
- Ill-defined processes and job responsibilities
- Problem stakeholders
- A job market that favors data professionals more than employers
It’s better to take a proactive approach to fixing these problems before you scale your team. Otherwise, the mistakes will become so costly and so widespread that it’ll be too late to fix.
Here are just some positive reviews I've received from readers:
"Just thought I'd send an email to commend you on the great book. It's really a hidden gem in the field. So relevant and to the point. I'm only half-way through but loving it so far. I see myself agreeing on most of your points!" -- Mauricio
"I liked the examples the author included in the book, including their pacing throughout. I could examine how they applied to my own situation, and they often did!" -- Serge Bushman
"[Data Work] is such an amazing resource. It is definitely going to be my go to manual while managing my team. I have recommended this to a few friends." -- Ayodele Oluleye
"[This] was exactly the book I needed right now. In fact, I probably needed it before it had been written…. I started recommending it to other people before I finished reading it." -- Elizabeth Parke
In addition to my own thoughts and experiences, I include the expertise of several qualified managers and executives in the data science space. That includes:
- Tim Wilson, Executive Director at Search Discovery
- Nick Stevens, Chief Data Officer at the University of Kansas
- Jared Sloan, Vice President of Product Development at Alight Analytics
- Zack Pike, Vice President of Data Strategy and Marketing Analytics at Callahan Creek
- Doug Washington, Director of Recruiting Strategy for TriCom Technical Services
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