Great vs good analysts, software obsessions and informing executives

Small_packed_bubble_chart1.pngCharts and graphs to inform
Are your charts and graphs actually informing people?
Can I actually make a decision from your presentation?
If not, why should I or the executives care?

Cool software, but what about the business?
It's easier to obsess over the complex but oh so cool software features
than to truly understand the business issues and create substantive analysis.

Good analysts versus great analysts
Good analysts make data stores and useful analyses.
Great analysts speak the language of their audience & make informed recommendations.

Stephen McDaniel
Chief Data Scientist at Freakalytics

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