Don’t do Dumb Data-Expert Disposition

Don’t do Dumb Data-Expert Disposition

February 19, 2019 DATAcated Challenge 0

When it comes to hiring Data-experts, many businesses are dumb… Why the heck would you need a Mathematician with a masters in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Algebraic Topology if all you want is someone that prepares Excel reports once in a while?

It is not all their fault, though; after all, they simply want to go up the Data Science hype train and see what competitive advantage they can get for their business. The problem is: they do not know what to do with these experts.

Then, it is necessary the same focus and clarity they would have to hire experts in any other role. For instance, no one would take their finance expert and make her do quality control on the production line, would they? They need to standardize the activities the Data-expert is going to do in the business. This will give focus and entitle them to better take advantage of these valuable experts

As someone interested in hiring Data Scientists, you should ponder some questions:

  • Why do you want a Data-expert in your business?
  • What are you trying to accomplish?
  • What value are you expecting to get?
  • In what process of the business will be the expert involved in?
  • What tools will you give this expert?

Data-people are not magicians, you know? They need to understand your business, understand the nature and meaning of the data, and have a clear direction of what they need to accomplish.

As a Data-expert, it can be immensely disappointing to start working at a place not data oriented. That is another reason to have a clear standardized role for data-people in the business; likewise, it is important to clearly state the functions of the would-be employee in the job description.

Clear goals and expectations can make very happy to both, employer and employee.

By: Karlo Jimenez


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