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Analytics on Fire

Analytics on Fire is your backstage pass inside the enterprise analytics and business intelligence world. Join your host BI author, speaker, and co-founder, Mico Yuk (BI Brainz) as she pulls back the curtain on what’s working right now in the enterprise analytics/business intelligence world and what is not. You’ll hear the inside scoop from experienced business leaders on how to plan, implement and gain true business value from your analytics dollars. Visit analyticsonfire.com to subscribe and get weekly insights and freebies!
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May 12, 2021

Today's guest is another day one as he’s been in my community for over a decade and attended my very first Xcelsius training class! Mark Bradley has been in IT for around 30 years and has such a huge amount of knowledge and enthusiasm for the intersection of data, metrics, and leadership, I promise that you are not going to want to miss this amazing data masterclass!

If you are thinking about becoming a CIO (Chief Information Officer) or your company is going through a digital transformation, this data masterclass is for you. Join us as discuss the ITIL framework, the topic of Mark’s recent book. We also look at how this relates to DITS or digital and IT strategy and the actionable steps you can take to accelerate your digital transformation!

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [0:07:44] Mark describes the difference between building internally and outsourcing.
  • [0:13:02] Mark teaches why you should focus on data quality vs quantity to build dashboards that serve specific needs of an organization.
  • [0:20:32] The evolution of the ITIL methodology and getting to grips with DITS or digital and IT strategy. 
  • [0:25:13] Specific roles that DITS is most appropriate for: CIOs, aspiring managers, directors, and CTOs.  
  • [0:30:42] How relationships have changed with the subscription model for business.
  • [0:31:37] Who the ITIL® 4 book is best suited to; size of businesses and types of transformations.
  • [0:33:23] The obstacles to building a successful and functional digital strategy for a business.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/81 

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Apr 21, 2021

Hey AOF! Today I am joined by one of my first mentors in the BI industry, Rick Montgomery, to unpack why and how you can add the human element to digital transformation. Tune in as Rick shares how to identify, understand and map out the different personalities and parts of your digital transformation.

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [0:09:12] What Rick learned from dropping out of MIT / Harvard.
  • [0:19:39] How automation and analysis can lead to conversations with leadership.
  • [0:21:38] Knowledge Bomb: How to get started with adding the human element and Rick's recommendations for useful books on consultative selling.
  • [0:39:02] Knowledge Bomb: First sell your ignorance, then sell your expertise later!
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/80 

     

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Apr 9, 2021

Welcome to another exciting masterclass! Today I’m taking you behind the scenes of how two women leaders on our BI Brainz team, created not one, but two of our most downloaded dashboard templates ever! To share these juicy details, we are joined by Raquel Seville, CEO of BI Brainz Caribbean, and Anna Ria, our very own Head of Design and well-known BI Data Storytelling Accelerator trainer. In the first part, you’ll hear from Raquel, as she explains how she used our BI Data Storytelling Framework to transform a 271-page annual report into a simple, insightful Power BI Stock Dashboard template that got a thumbs-up from the company’s CEO on social media.

Then, we jump into part two with Anna, as she shares the unique inspiration behind our now-famous Analytics Design Guide template and why she believes it became one of the most downloaded templates in BI Brainz history, with over 600 downloads in the first 48 hours!

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [0:05:33] What Raquel has learned as a woman in a male-dominated industry.
  • [0:06:10] How she built a single view dashboard from a 271-page annual report by focusing on a clear goal.
  • [0:10:16] Raquel’s idea to create the Stock Data Viz Template, a free Power BI Dashboard.
  • [0:28:27] What the Analytics Design Guide (or ADG) actually is: a set of guidelines that anybody can use.
  • [0:30:46] Who will benefit from using the ADG, from novices to dashboard wizards!
  • [0:34:08] How ADG can help users that are “over creative” by honing in on specific areas.
  • [0:35:10] The story-driven analytics that drive the ADG and why Anna believes that storytelling is crucial for success.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/79 

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Mar 17, 2021

Our focus for this inspiring episode of AOF is mindset, especially if you want to be a standout data analyst! I have brought one of my first ever followers and day ones! Trevor Tapscott is a VP and Analytics Consultant at Wells Fargo and has been in the game for 20 years and counting. We connected in 2008, when he was seeking help with a visualization tool called Xcelsius. In this knowledge bomb filled episode, Trevor shares his thoughts on what sets great data analysts apart, his framework ‘VTAC’ for impactful data analysis, and how to approach making an impression when applying for positions in data!  

Trevor makes a number of really important points around understanding the business of data, what the role of an analyst truly is, and what goes into the mindset of a rock star in the space! We unpack indispensable parts of the relationships that make up the work of a data consultant, and our guest talks about getting to grips with a user's vision and their 'why'. Trevor also talks about the recent BIDS Accelerator class that he attended and the lessons he has already started implementing from that! Make sure to stay tuned to the end to hear about the amazing raffle that Trevor is hosting for listeners and how you can enter to win! 

 

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [0:12:00] Trevor's basic definition of the role of a data analyst and what it means to be a rockstar!
  • [0:15:02] The importance of understanding the business of data and the value of business insights. 
  • [0:18:20] Unpacking Trevor's VTAC process: vision, translation, action, change and how to use it for delivery mode
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/78 

     

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Mar 10, 2021

Finding your dream job in the world of data and analytics might not be as hard you think! Our guest today, Kimberly Herrington stands as a testament to this idea and she joins us on AOF to talk about how you can go about identifying and capturing your ideal position in this fascinating space. Kimberly is a data journalist at a large healthcare company in Buffalo, New York, and is also the founder of Buffalo Business Intelligence. She is also a graduate of our BI Data Storytelling Accelerator Workshop and in 2020, she was voted Data Literacy Advocate of the Year. Tune into this episode and you will see why!

I am so excited to share this great chat with you, in which we hear about Kimberly's personal method for landing that dream job that you might have thought was only a wish. In our conversation, Kimberly does an amazing job of unpacking some parts of the work she does and the difference between some of the job titles in the space. We also talk about the great learnings she garnered from our workshop, and why you should sign up immediately! I learned so much from today's guest, and you will too, as we run through common mistakes that are made in the pursuit of a great job, how to leverage working at home to your advantage, and the vital importance of community! Kimberly is like a fairy of goodness, and believe me AOF, you will see exactly why I say this!

 

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [0:04:13] Kimberly's past work as a professional improv comedian!
  • [0:09:12] Mapping the trajectory of an ideal career in data storytelling and how to start this journey. 
  • [0:18:19] Differentiating between a data journalist, data storyteller, and analytics translator. 
  • [0:24:43] Investing the time and money into valuable education and qualifications.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/77 

 

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Mar 3, 2021

Stakeholders often miss key insights that can be provided by data to drive action forward, due to the way the data is presented and communicated to them. My guest today believes that data storytelling is key to resolving this common pain point. Kam Lee, a BI Data Storytelling Mastery alumn and graduate who has used our framework to surface over $100M for the fintech company he works with!

Kam is the Chief Data Scientist at his company Finetooth Analytics (specializing in marketing analytics), working with top marketers like Russell Brunson from Clickfunnels! Our data masterclass with Kam today delves deep into how he used our BI Data Storytelling Methodology and framework to straddle data engineering, data science, and storytelling. Kam shares game-changing concepts from the course and how he has used them to connect to stakeholders, influence their actions, and overcoming what he calls ‘emotional responses’ to data. Tune in to this knowledge bomb-filled episode!

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [0:12:20] Three buckets Kam uses to organize the data storytelling process.
  • [0:14:56] The challenge of dealing with stakeholders who respond emotionally to data.
  • [0:26:48] Whether to start with the storyboarding or the analytics data dictionary first.
  • [0:28:19] The difference between KPIs, trends, and actions.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/76 

 

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Feb 24, 2021

Here on the AOF podcast, I have often spoken about the issue of user adoption and the slow progress we have all been experiencing for a long time. Our guest today has so much to offer in relation to our approach to this challenge! I speak to Kevin Greene, the CEO of Logi Analytics, and we delve deep into why the mentality of product leaders is so valuable right now! 

Kevin has a brilliant mind for the field of analytics, sharing how and where to get started with these parts of your leadership and partnerships. Kevin has been in the analytics game for over 20 years and was actually an investor at Logi before he took the reins! This episode is jam-packed with actionable knowledge bombs that you are definitely not going to want to miss, so let's get to it AOF!

 

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [15:41] Why Kevin believes enterprises have to start thinking like product leaders. 
  • [22:47] Approaches to building strategic applications with a smaller team.
  • [25:11] Finding the right service partners and the critical nature of owning the application.
  • [28:59] Ensuring success by scheduling time with business leaders, prioritizing, and using collected data.
  • [44:04] Operationalizing your application and bringing it to your end-users.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/75 

     

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Feb 17, 2021

Today we have a real data masterclass in store for you! I am joined by the wonderful and inspiring Valerie Logan from The Data Lodge, and we talk about the unique way she approaches data literacy through what she calls ISL or Information as a Second Language®. Valerie does an amazing job of unpacking exactly how this works and adds in loads of useful wisdom and examples that you can add to your existing data literacy program.

I would call Valerie a data whisperer, and by the end of this exciting episode, you will see why. Make sure to stay tuned until the end to hear about an extra special offer, that Valerie has for AOF listeners. Trust me you will not want to miss it. So if you want to learn how to create an effective data literacy program from an award-winning expert, join us today!

 

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [0:12:20] What is data literacy? What is ISL? Who do they serve?
  • [0:19:46] How Valerie approaches speaking to "non-data people".
  • [0:23:32] The three elements of data literacy programs; engagement, development, enablement.
  • [0:37:06] Valerie's advice for improving the standard of a data program.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/74

 

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Feb 10, 2021

Welcome back AOF! I’m so glad to be back after taking some time off over the holidays and having an amazing social media detox! I'm excited to kick-off Season 6.

Today’s show is going to give you some super important updates and changes coming to the podcast, our academy platforms and groups, and everything else that matters to you. I will be riding solo on the podcast again this year, but you can still expect to hear more amazing guests who will deliver game-changing business intelligence, data, and analytics master classes. Also, tune in to be first to hear about our big name change and the new dates for our Accelerator live workshop (yes finally)! Enjoy and let’s kick off this season in high gear!

 

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • [01:01]  - A fresh start and some exciting changes for the AOF podcast! A look at the reasons that I took a break from social media at the end of 2020, and four updates to the podcast: guests, giveaways, new sponsors, and our exciting #1 ranking for the 3rd year in a row!
  • [08:12]  - Why we are removing the 'BI' from our name and changing it all to Data Storytelling Method! New and exciting ways to engage with the updated content and platform.
  • [14:06] - The changes to the dates for the Accelerator; it is now May 18-20 2021 instead of in February, and we expect it to sell out again.
  • [16:48] - My surprise appearance on CNN in Dec!
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/73

 

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Dec 9, 2020

Excited to share the last and final part of my three-episode series on BI data storytelling accelerator lessons learned. We’ll be digging into the last but most exciting step in our BI Data Storytelling Mastery Framework, 'What you Draw'. Useless visualizations are everywhere!

This episode will give you seven things to avoid and ways to fix them to ensure you bring your A-game when it comes to visualizing your storyboard. Tune in for knowledge bombs galore!

  • [05:53] Never skip the mock-up stage: 90% of us make the mistake of getting directly into drawing without a mock-up. Always make sure you a client signs off before you start on the mock-up and you have some sample data
  • [09:34] Doing mock-up before getting a sign off on the storyboard and the analytics data dictionary. Without a sign-off, you should never go into the drawing board
  • [11:44] Starting from scratch all the time: Nothing wastes more time than having to start from scratch all the time. To save on time, always treat every project you build like an asset. Every template you build as a team should be repurposed as a template for the users.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/72

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Dec 3, 2020

Tune in as I recap lessons learned from our latest accelerator class. This part two in the series of three podcasts, which deep dives into our BI data storytelling framework, where we tackle three parts of storytelling. 1) What You Say, 2) What You Write, and 3) What You Draw.

I dive into some of the biggest mistakes people make when working with users and writing down their requirements, including why so many get confused with the different story parts and how to fix it. Tune in to this amazing BI masterclass!

  • [04:36]  - How to become a better master storyteller.
  • [13:20]  - Changing your questions and process to create an effective data story.
  • [14:25]  - Biggest mistakes people make when working with users to gather requirements and create an amazing data story.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/71

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Nov 19, 2020

Welcome to the first part of a three-part podcast, with each episode touching on the part of our data storytelling framework. You’ll find a deep dive into each part of the framework and find out what lessons were learned and the big takeaways from our last data telling accelerator workshop, which was a huge success.

Even though there are other data telling stories schools of thought, one element our followers love is how we tackle the three parts of storytelling: what you say, what you write, and what you draw. As we’ve learned, this starts with your conversation.

Find out what feedback I received from the workshop post-survey, the biggest mistakes people make when trying to sell to end-users, and why most people don’t know that 99% of questions you ask your client are data-related and why they shouldn’t be.

 

  • [03:53] Storytelling starts with your conversation and with the content that you write. If you get that part right, the part that you have to visualize becomes very easy. We teach this process and also implement this process at big companies around the world. 
  • [07:25] Guessing off the top of your head what you think is going to happen is a waste of time. The biggest value of our framework is breaking down the storytelling process into parts for you to be able to quickly see what a story truly is, how to bring it together, and to see the gaps in your current story to remedy those holes in your story and bring your story together. 
  • [13:28] Humans make decisions with their emotions and then they use logic to justify it. So if you are one that is using ginormous words that are not visual or thinking that the more data you give to your end users is going to make them better users, you are grossly mistaken. 
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/70

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Oct 30, 2020

Today’s episode features Tiankai Feng, Global Director and Voice of Consumer Analytics at Adidas. Tiankai is going to help you decide if you need an analytics Quarantune. A Quarantune is music or a song that is created for quarantine. The best part about this one is that it is all about data and analytics. Trust me - it’s not only fun but it literally speaks to our daily lives in this field!!  

In this super fun episode, my amazing co-host Lillian Pierson and myself discuss Tiankai’s unique talent for combining analytics and music and how it plays into his day-to-day roll at Adidas. He also shares his Digital Analytics Anthem while dropping a number of knowledge bombs right in the song. Tune in to find out if you could use an analytics Quarantune. Knowledge bombs galore!

  • [26:03] - Tiankai on working with analysts: Analysts are great collaborators and not only service functions that have to follow your guidance, but we have to work together to make an impact.   
  • [34:54] - Tiankai on the pandemic: You can predict and plan the most things possible, but when really big unexpected things happen like a pandemic or a huge society issue then none of those plans can actually work as you planned before.  Having data and timely insights is even more important now so you can act timely and the right way.
  • [41:01] - Tiankai on the Perfect Job: It is always easy to complain, but it is so much harder to solve the issues.  If you are not happy with the situation then try to change it.
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/69

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Oct 7, 2020

You don’t want to miss Vincent share the three steps he took after he left Lillian’s class that led to his success in 90 days.  He discussed how he chose the right problem to solve, and the challenges he faced while setting expectations, and most importantly how he measures success! Tune in and be sure to share with others that struggle with their data strategy. Knowledge bombs galore!

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  • [17:03] Vincent’s takeaways from Lillian’s course: “What I learned from the workshop really inspired me and was really insightful. We have a lot of data in our company. We have to ask: ‘What can we do with that data? How can we monetize it better? How we can drive revenue from the data?’” 
  • [23:06] Vincent on understanding the data you have: “Once you understand your data you can move on to implement the right models and generate the right insights.”  
  • [41:43] Vincent on what is most important: “What is most important is actually transforming your data into relevant insights. Don’t jump quickly into the solution. Sit down, narrow down your problem, find the real cost, and seek out different solutions. Only then you can find the most effective solution.”
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/68
     

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Register before it sells out again! Our BI Data Storytelling Mastery Accelerator 3-Day Live Workshop new dates are finally available. Many BI teams are still struggling to deliver consistent, high-engaging analytics their users love. At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a clear BI delivery action plan. Register today!

Sep 30, 2020

Data isn’t just relevant in the US, it’s important all over the world. And currently, the Caribbean is experiencing something of a movement in relation to data. In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Raquel Seville, the CEO of BI Brainz Caribbean. Learn what’s happening in the Caribbean on the data scene, how data innovation is taking center stage, and how you can be a part of it.

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  • [13:49]  - What’s happening with data in the Caribbean right now
  • [21:07]   - What the rest of the world can learn from the data work happening in the Caribbean​
  • [21:07]   - What the rest of the world can learn from the data work happening in the Caribbean
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/67
     

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Register before it sells out again! Our BI Data Storytelling Mastery Accelerator 3-Day Live Workshop new dates are finally available. Many BI teams are still struggling to deliver consistent, high-engaging analytics their users love. At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a clear BI delivery action plan. Register today!

Sep 16, 2020

Data literacy is one of the most sought after cultural transformations of 2020. In episode #47 we discussed ‘Why we should stop saying ’data literacy’. Today’s guest, Jordan Morrow, shared the episode on Linkedin sparking off some very interesting and even defensive responses from the data literacy social media mafia.

Today, Jordan joins the podcast to share his unique point of view on the topic. Known as the pioneer of data literacy, tune in to learn how to start a data literacy practice, the best audience for data literacy skills, and what the most important data literacy skills are. Knowledge bombs galore!

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  • [16:43]  - Key Quote: “Not everyone needs to be a data scientist, but everyone should develop skills in data analytics in today’s day and age.” – Jordan Morrow
  • [22:53]  - The order that data literacy skills should be taught in​
  • [29:25]  - Other phrases that could be used instead of data literacy​
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/66
     

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Sep 2, 2020

Just a few years can be a lifetime in the data world, but there’s reason to expect that PowerBI, which has already taken the business intelligence world by storm, is set up for at least a ten-year reign? Why is that? What do you need to know about PowerBI?

That’s exactly what today’s guest Patrick Leblanc is going to cover! As the co-host of the famous Guy in a Cube YouTube channel (with over 100,000 followers), and Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, Patrick share’s his unbiased view of whether or not he feels that PowerBI is here to stay. He also shares practical ways to embrace PowerBI in your organization and gives some of his thoughts about the future about PowerBI! Whether you have Power BI or your considering it this episode is a must listen and share! Enjoy!

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  • [32:41] - Patrick on getting started in Power BI: “I say you take a really slow step toward that solution, and the first thing you need to do is really look at your data.”
  • [33:50] - Patrick on Power BI Adoption: “That’s the big tip, you have to be gradual with these people.”
  • [43:58] - Patrick on trying Power BI: “You can honestly just get into PowerBI desktop, which is free, do everything you need globally, kick the tires on it if it doesn’t work, it cost you some time, because of your human resource cost, but for the most part, you’re going to pay them anyway. So it costs you nothing.”
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/65
     

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Aug 26, 2020

Many companies want to use data to gain a competitive edge in their industries--this can pose a challenge for organizations whose core business is not inherently technical. To make things worst lots of providers and consulting firms push unproven strategies and technical solutions that don't work. My guest today, Heather Smith is a data leader who has over 15 years of experience in the data science field, including recognition as one of Seattle's Top 5% of Women Engineers by Women Impact Tech.

As co-founder of Rove Technologies, Heather teaches how to set realistic expectations, when it comes to senior management and why it’s so important. She shares real-world examples of where expectations were set, and unfortunately when they were not. In a more personal tone, she discusses how her female appearance has impacted her professionally. Listen in to hear Heather talk about the role of executive expectation management in data science and how you can start managing expectations correctly!

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  • [26:51]  - The role of executives in data management​
  • [29:54] - Heather on Data Literacy: “Often very smart people including executives, become dumb in the face of data.”​
  • [45:48]  - Whether the team that built the successful model should own the model​
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/64
     

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Aug 19, 2020

In Ep 50 with Jurgen Faiist, I discussed why we need a new data visualization language. In today’s episode, we return to debate that topic with my good Suisse buddy Raphael Branger who is a Principal Data & Analytics Consultant at IT-Logix in Switzerland. Raphael is an IBCS Certified Consultant (he introduced me to it) as well as a Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience in business intelligence and data warehousing. I met Raphael almost a decade when he invited to keynote their epic BI event in Zurich. As one of the most passionate people I’ve met around requirements gathering ‘engineering’ is he calls it, his feedback was instrumental to the ongoing enhancement of our BI Dashboard Formula methodology!

In today’s episode, Raphael gives examples of why a new data viz language is needed and explains the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) SUCCESS poster and how those standards can help. So much knowledge bombs in this one! Be sure to tune in!

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  • [03:01] The pros and cons of whether a new data visualization language is needed
  • [03:15]  - User Expectations: Real-world experiences using the IBCS standards
  • [24:45]  - How to ease communication between consumer and creator
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/63
     

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Aug 12, 2020

Mike Bugembe is a speaker, consultant, and Amazon best selling author of the book Cracking the Data Code. He joins today’s podcast to talk about the things that you can do that will help create successful analytics projects. After being the head of business intelligence for one of the largest diamond companies in the world, and seeing project struggle or fail, Mike went on a journey to find out why some unicorn companies like Netflix were succeeding in analytics, which traditional companies were not. In today's interview, he discusses the five key traits of a successful project and why 90% of enterprises data are missing most of them. Listen in to hear what Mike has to say about finding use cases for AI, learning how to ask data questions, and the biggest obstacles companies face when trying to unlock the value of their data.

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  • [03:42]  - Cracking the Data Code: 5 Things that successful unicorn companies are doing that you are not for your data projects​
  • [24:43]  - Key Quote: “Around 75% of investments in data fail to see any return on investment.” –Mike Bugembe​
  • [31:18]  - How to offer a skillshare to teammates​
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/62
     

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Aug 5, 2020

Lewis Temares is a former Dean at the University of Miami, and though he’s retired now, he still has a lot to say and a lot of knowledge to contribute. As one of the most beloved leaders I’ve ever met, he has managed large and very successful teams in IT. Not only was he my first mentor in the technical industry, but his influence and continual guidance have been instrumental in my career path.

Given recent world events, I brought him on to discuss how techies can stand out at work during unusual circumstances like a pandemic, what advice he’d give to tech leaders, workers, and students, and how to deal with the obstacles that accompany being laid off or furloughed. Tune in to gain some real-world wisdom and practical steps you can take to ensure you are standing out even while working from home!

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  • [13:17]  - Key Quote: I mean, there’s nothing comparable to this, but yes, we’ve seen other occurrences, we’ve seen economic depressions, we’ve seen a lot of things that have been negative and have negative effects on organizations, but nothing to this extent. –Lewis Temares
  • [13:53]  - Lewis’s perspective on where listeners should be focused right now
  • [24:01]  - Advice Lewis would give to IT students
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Jul 29, 2020

Why is the business missing in BI? And how can you get the business back into BI? That’s what today’s guest is here to talk about. Cliff Alper is Director of Product Development at Analysis Factory, and in today’s episode, you’ll hear what he has to say about how you can tell if you’re someone who’s missing out on the business part of BI, why it’s so important to ask a lot of questions, and how to talk to end-users.

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  • [18:40]  - What Cliff means when he says that the business is missing from BI
  • [30:25]  - Advice for BI analytics leaders who struggle with confidence and knowledge
  • [40:35]  - How to teach BI folks how to notice the unsaid things that happen in meetings
  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/60
     

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Jul 23, 2020

Are your subconscious beliefs causing difficulties in your life? Are they holding you back from overcoming challenges that you’re facing? Today’s guest can help you understand how your subconscious beliefs may be holding you back and what you can do about it.

Julie Cairns is the author of the book The Abundance Code. In today’s episode, you’ll hear her talk about dealing with uncertainty, how to shift to an abundance mindset, and the three steps that can help you shift your subconscious beliefs.

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  • [08:35] User Expectations: How to shift to an abundance mindset
  • [10:59]  - Coping with the current level of uncertainty
  • [30:15]  - Three things that you need to do to change subconscious beliefs
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Jul 16, 2020

What do you know about emotional intelligence? Today’s guest is going to answer a lot of questions about emotional intelligence, EQ, when you should have your EQ assessed, and what you should do with that information.

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  • [01:13] What to expect in Season Five of AoF

  • [08:55] User Expectations: What emotional intelligence is and when you should take an emotional intelligence test

  • For full show notes, and the links mentioned visit: https://bibrainz.com/podcast/58
     

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Jun 25, 2020

Free Data Storytelling Training

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In this episode, you'll learn:

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  • [00:40] Transformational Stories and Lessons Learned: 3 ways to use data storytelling in data science
  • [19:50] Storytelling as a means of visualization.
  • [26:52] How to think about answering the questions with data storytelling.
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