April 23, 2013
Notes from the Visual Business Intelligence Workshop: Day 3 – Now you see it
Day 3 of the Visual BI workshop was the day I was looking forward to the most. I was very interested in hearing Stephen’s approach for analyzing data, which he covers in his book Now you see it. There was one common theme throughout: keep things simple and clear, but don’t dumb it down.
Here are my key takeaways/notes:
- The word “see” in the title represents the analytical thought process: Search => Examine => Explain (SEE)
- Things to look for in a skilled data analyst: interested in the data, curious, self-motivated, imaginative, open minded and flexible, skeptical, honest, has a sense of what’s worthwhile, attentive, methodical, analytical, synthetical, has an eye for patterns, knowledge of the data, knowledge of effective data analysis practices
- The context we perceive is influenced by the surroundings.
- Exceptions can be a result of:
- Erroneous data
- Extraordinary events
- Extraordinary entities
That’s it! Three days of learning that I’ll never forget. These courses were easily worth the money. You’ll be able to apply so much immediately upon returning to your regular job.