Deborah-Anna Reznek is the Director of Data Analytics at Clearslide and attended the Insight Visualization Lab with her team in May 2015.
As a small data team at a start-up, we span ALL things data: data pipes and ETL, database design, data warehousing, reporting, dashboarding, business analysis, predictive analytics, and productization of predictive analytics. Everyone on my team has a different skill set: analyst, data scientist, engineer, you name it.
As I thought about whom to bring to the Insight Data Visualization Lab, I realized how much data visualization can fall through the cracks: a data scientist brings me great charts plotting precision versus recall but can’t translate these into charts a business user can understand, a great business analyst knows exactly how to choose the chart type that maximizes clarity to an end user but can’t bring that chart into our product, an engineer can code this chart up in our product but doesn’t quite understand which why we chose that particular chart. I decided to bring my entire team.
At the Insight Data Visualization Lab , my team got to learn about data visualization from their own perspective and from the perspectives of the other roles. For each person, different parts of the program were old hat or totally new. By working together in groups, everyone learned how to build great visualizations and learned a bit more about each other’s jobs.
"This class strengthened my team’s skills, experience level, and teamwork. By far, the best training event that we’ve attended this year."
Everyone gained new ideas about what makes for clarity in data visualization as well as hands-on experience building visualizations. Everyone walked away with the accomplishment of actually coding up a visualization. And, because of the small group approach, everyone bonded and learned from each other. This class strengthened my team’s skills, experience level, and teamwork. By far, the best training event that we’ve attended this year.
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