Are you brilliant Data Engineer or Manager — with less pay ?

In a recent job fair a hiring manager had following blunt words for tech talent-

“ No matter how potentially game-changing the techniques are, if you can’t persuade others to use them, and you don’t have a seat where the thorniest business problems are discussed, then all that specialist expertise doesn’t matter”

Read it again — All that education and expertise does not matter — It is waste, effort going down the drain. So here is key piece of advise

“ Data science is a relationship game. Sure, it’s about numbers and models and analytics, but as data scientists in even the most advanced, digitally-savvy organizations can testify, an inch-thick model library and a shelf full of advanced degrees only gets one so far”

Here is an example of how things go wrong with brilliant tech talent -

“At one large financial company, the lead data scientist was clearly brilliant and accomplished. Yet he struggled with building strong business relationships, often focusing on the mathematical excellence of his teams output versus what the sales teams actually wanted. So his incredible models were falling flat”

How did he overcome the challenge -

“ Developed his personal marketing plan. He focused on working with key constituents to identify their concerns with his models, which were getting in the way of implementation. He then made a number of changes, many of which were simple, to show he was listening. For example, changing the UI design to use color codes to show which analytic insights to focus on helped teams understand what to do. The process also made the teams co-owners of the solution so they become more invested themselves in making the analytics work”

So, the last word is -

“ By focusing on the last mile of influence, data scientists can not just show their value but see it happen. When data scientists build up their understanding of the business, and forge the deep, collaborative relationships with sales teams, they can embed analytics and an analytics culture deep into the heart of the organization”