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“Sexy” Data Science is a Team Sport

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The word got out last year: data scientist is the “sexiest job,” a late-2012 declaration by the renowned Tom Davenport of “Competing on Analytics” fame. Trouble is, “sexy” goes bad faster than fish.

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Comments (2)
Agreed!! And well said Ted!!

I often describe the Data Scientist role like an orchestra conductor. The conductor may not need to play each instrument; but they do need to be able to able to recognize and separate the experts the from the ordinary, be sure the entire orchestra keeps the correct tempo, plays in key, plays the same music, etc. In short, manage the analytics process and those team members who execute each portion of it.

Glad to see that I am NOT out on a limb by myself on that...LOL Everyone has a role to play...

Posted by Gregory L | Tuesday, January 07 2014 at 2:54PM ET
Ted, I agree - Data Science should be a team sport. Topic of your column is also exactly the topic of my latest KDnuggets Poll: Data Science Skills - Individual vs Team Approach - see http://www.kdnuggets.com/2014/01/new-poll-data-science-skills-individual-vs-team-approach.html , but so far the results are evenly split.
Posted by Gregory P | Wednesday, January 08 2014 at 5:10PM ET
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