Lean Conf 2013 – Reflections

November 1, 2013

Intro A super-quick post with some thoughts about Lean Conf 2013, and my attendance. Lean North East – Represent It was great to travel to and from the event with Umar Yusufu, as part of the Lean North East contingent. Also, we had Peter Nelson in the house, which was great. I believe we were […]

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Some reflections on Big Data – IBM Analytics reports

December 5, 2012

Introduction As part of my on-going interest in data, and the power of insight to generate business benefits, my third reflection. Other posts are “Some reflections on Big Data – Strata Europe”, and “Some reflections on Big Data – London meetups”. Three documents This post looks at three recent IBM docs: CMOs and CIOs: Acquaintances […]

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Some reflections on Big Data – London meetups

November 19, 2012

Introduction The second of my reflections on big data – this time, recounting my experiences attending some great meetups, especially Londata (and featuring Stewart Townsend). Meetup – Londata VI: Using Data to Delight and Excite I mentioned this event in passing, however I really enjoyed Pete Laflin’s presentation, who has blogged about the event, and […]

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Building an analytics culture

October 1, 2012

Introduction I had a fascinating conversation with a web agency recently about analytics and the readiness of customers to make the most of the insights a well-founded analytics setup can produce. The upshot was this post, with some reflections on how to embed a culture in your organisation – both regarding analytics in general, and […]

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Making metrics actionable

September 19, 2012

Introduction One of my key things that Bobby taught me at Happiest was to look for actionable metrics and ignore vanity metrics. This can be hard when you’ve got so many fancy graphs and indicators. I guess it’s hard probably because installing the Google Analytics tracking code seems like a magic bullet, and you don’t […]

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My lessons from working with Happiest Limited

August 30, 2012

Introduction I wanted to take the opportunity to distil some of my learnings from working with Happiest for over a year. Most of my previous work has been with larger organisations, and the experience of working with a start-up, and now growing business has been rich with lessons. I’m conscious that my awareness will mature […]

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Supermondays data visualisation evening – May 28th

May 8, 2012

Introduction Taken shelter from the ‘data explosion’? Looking for the patterns which become information and better decision-making? Join us at Supermondays on Monday May 28th and hear from a varied line-up about data visualisation – how software tools can help us seeing further, and differently. Context Inspired by Jer Thorp’s talks at Thinking Digital and […]

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Competing on Analytics – what it means

December 8, 2011

Introduction This is the second post that looks at how managers can harness analytics for business advantage, and maximise their chances of making such a programme a success. It’s something I will be learning about in more detail soon – I’ve got Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results and ‘Moneyball’ being delivered from Amazon. […]

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Competing on Analytics – getting started

December 7, 2011

Introduction Following on from my recent posts about a) the IBM CMO study, and b) the McKinsey Quarterly articles on big data, I was reminded of a podcast (reproduced below) I’d listened to several months ago, which featured Tom Davenport – pictured right. That listening sparked me to look into more of Tom’s recent work.The […]

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Manifesto: UK Public Sector data should be set free

May 27, 2009

[UPDATE Jan 2010: Check out ‘Public Launch’ a post about the launch of Data sets & mashups ahoy – w00t!] This post is a synthesis of various ideas which have come together now that is live. In turn, I would like to see data held by UK Public Sector organisations be freed up […]

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