Descriptive, Predictive, Prescriptive :: Breaking Down Data Analytics

As I make the rounds speaking to the leadership in my organization, many have concerns about the state of our analytic capability. I have heard many times that “we don’t have predictive capability.” When I’ve dug into this comment, I find that 1) it isn’t true, and 2) predictive capability isn’t what the speaker was… Read More

Upcoming Talks :: Data Driven Government 2019

If you’re working in government, in the DC area, and looking to integrate more data science and advanced analytics into your industry, you should check out Data Driven Government on September 25th! DDG is a one day symposium (with a couple adjacent days of workshops available) to share best practices and techniques that advance the… Read More

Currently :: June 2019

Reading… This month’s book is Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler. It covers concepts on how to use incentives, positive reinforcement, and indirect suggestions influence behavior and decision making in the workplace. My former boss recommended it to help generate some ideas for creating workplace incentives, and… Read More

Currently :: May 2019

Reading… This month’s book is Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock, a former VP for Google who recently set up a company that specializes in behavior “nudging” using data analytics. It was recommended by a friend and colleague and endorsed by both my current boss and former boss, so I went into it hoping to be… Read More

Conferencing :: Why You Should Get Out There and Present

Back when I was an assistant professor of systems engineering, attending and presenting in conferences wasn’t just an assumption, it was an expectation. You were going to go present. You were going to publish. It was just a part of your professional growth. Now that I’m far more practitioner than academic, my supervisors tend to… Read More

People Moving :: Data Analytics and City Mobility

It’s been fascinating watching Amazon preparing Crystal City – ahem, National Landing – for it’s new HQ2 complex. Promising a workspace for 25,000 people, almost as many as work within the Pentagon itself, the company has a lot of work to do. And no, not just building a new building. Because when you bring 25,000… Read More

Terms of Reference :: What is Data Science?

Before I start delving too deeply into some of these topics and some of my ideas for using them to upgrade your human resources programs {among other things, but people analytics is my favorite subject}, I want to lay down some foundations and make sure we’re all talking about the same thing. This is also… Read More