Ep 26 - Qlik Qonnections 2019 Feat. Chantilly Jaggernauth and Ben Jones

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You can’t just run a bunch of training programs without building a community or establishing tool accessibility.
— Ben Jones

Last week, Dave had the opportunity to head out to Dallas Texas to learn and speak at the annual Qlik Qonnections Conference. Qlik were gracious hosts and we were honored to be on stage with our friend and previous podcast guest, Jordan Morrow, Head of Global Data Literacy at Qlik.

To start, since many of you couldn’t make it to the conference this year, we wanted to share the outline of the presentation: “Top 5-Tips to creating a Data Literate Organization”:

  • Create a plan and goals that are true to your culture

  • Establish authentic data literacy principles

  • Have a combined top-down and bottoms-up approach

  • Constantly incentivize deliberate data informed decisions

  • Bring people together and establish a community

Beyond Dave and Jordan’s presentation, one of the more exciting parts of the conference was getting to meet some long-time “virtual” friends who are doing great things in the Data Literacy space. Dave brought his microphone along and got some great candid conversations.

First up was Ben Jones, founder and CEO of Data Literacy, LLC. Dave had the chance to catch up with and discuss some of the challenges with solving the Data Literacy gap.

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Ben was a long-time Tableau employee who recently left to pursue his passion in solving data literacy. His goal is to “help people speak the language of data”. This includes public classes, Udemy courses, and writing books! Ben also has a fantastic online following and is always entertaining, encouraging, and educational. If you’re not following him on Twitter or LinkedIn, start now!

Ben had a unique opportunity to work with millions of Tableau Public users in his previous role. Many of those users were not traditionally trained in data. So given that unique experience, we were interested in his perspective on some of the biggest data skill gaps in non-analysts today?

Ben believes that much of it stems from understanding the basics of statistics and how to “think” about data. But just as importantly, there’s a people gap… how to effectively tell a story that compels people with data.

Ben is an expert at creating communities like the Data Literacy community on LinkedIn, or supporting the new community tools at the Data Literacy Project.

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Next we were so excited to connect with Chantilly Jaggernauth, who has been doing some AMAZING things in the data literacy space.

Specifically, she started an organization called Millenials and Data. MaD focuses on getting data literacy curriculum baked into high school and university programs. Data will be such a critical part of the next generation of

One really amazing program that MaD launched is their 3-day program for High Schoolers in Washington DC, helping students integrate data into business and personal problems that they are passionate about solving.

Chantilly has recently joined the leadership team of the Data Literacy Project. She’s hoping to use this opportunity as a platform to get data literacy even more embedded into the way that students learn about their careers, whether it’s finance, marketing, psychology, or information technology. She also hopes to raise awareness for the importance of building a data literate society and workforce.

Thank you Ben and Chantilly! I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll be chatting more on this show in the future!

More about Ben and Chantilly

Ben on LinkedIn - in/benrjones

Ben on Twitter - @DataRemixed

Ben’s Company - DataLiteracy.com

Chantilly on LinkedIn - in/chantillyjaggernauth

Chantilly on Twitter - @millennialsdata

Chantilly’s Organization - Millenials and Data

Links and References

Conference - Qonnections 2019

Book - Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Check out the Data Literacy Project


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Ep 25 - Brian O'Neill - Designing Better Experiences in Analytics

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Good analytics really starts with empathy. It’s truly the heart of good design. It’s caring and having the right conversations with the right people.
— Brian O'Neill

Design. User Experience. Knowing your audience. Empathizing with your end user.

These are such critical facets of getting analytics right in your organization. If you don’t pay attention to what your constituents want and need, you’ll build something amazing, but it wont’ get the adoption you should. Low adoption means people aren’t using the data you worked so hard to produce.

Data visualization and data storytelling are certainly part of the answer. But it’s only part. A well crafted data viz tells a story, but if nobody wants to read it, then was it really a good viz in the first place?

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Brian O'Neill knows a little bit about this problem. He is a product designer and founder of the consultancy, Designing for Analytics, which provides design and UX consulting for custom enterprise data products and apps. For over 20 years, he has worked with companies including DELL/EMC, Tripadvisor, Fidelity, NetApp, MITRE, JP Morgan Chase, ETrade and numerous SAAS startups. Today Brian focuses on helping clients create more useful, usable, profitable, and engaging decision support software and information products. In addition to consulting, Brian is also an international speaker and podcast guest, having appeared at multiple O'Reilly Strata conferences, Predictive Analytics World in Berlin, and on the IBM Analytics podcast, Making Data Simple. He also authored the Designing for Analytics Self-Assessment Guide for Non-Designers,  maintains an active mailing list, and hosts the podcast, Experiencing Data. Earlier in 2018, Brian joined the International Institute for Analytics' Expert Network as an advisor on design and UX.

A fun fact about Brian? He’s a musician by training! He is a professional percussionist in Boston. He tours internationally and has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center

More about Brian O’Neill

Connect on LinkedIn - in/brian-oneill-product-designer

Brian’s company - Designing for Analytics

Brian’s Podcast - Experiencing Data

Brian’s Twitter - @rhythmspice

Links and References

Conference - O’Reilly Strata

Conference - Enterprise Data World

Conference - IIA Analytics Symposium


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Ep 24 - Mitchell Grewer - How Cargill Unlocks Data for Everyone

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You have to lower the cost the curiosity. We’ve found more success getting people excited to change, rather than mandating from the top.
— Mitchell Grewer

Self Service Analytics. It’s been a popular topic of discussion in BI and Analytics circles for quite a few years now. The premise is great. Get more data in the hands of more users. Reporting and Analytics tools like Power BI, Tableau, Domo, Alteryx and Qlik have quickly accelerated the trend and made “non-analyst” data usage more possible than ever.

But is it as easy as buying a tool, giving it to your teams and waiting for the magic to happen?

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Of course not. Great Self-Service analytics is hard work. Today we’re talking with one of the leaders in developing this approach, Mitchell Grewer.

Mitchell is responsible for self-service analytics at Cargill in Minneapolis, MN. He has built an amazing energy and enthusiasm for using data to drive their business. But his focus isn’t on hiring more data scientists, or implementing gigantic hadoop clusters. His job is to engage with the business, turning all 80,000 employees into data-wielding mini-analysts.

“I want everyone at Cargill to See and Understand Data. Our goal is to empower all employees to leverage the massive amount of data we have to unlock insights and make better decisions.”

It’s been a long, winding journey for Cargill to get this point, and it certainly didn’t happen over night.

“You have to include both top-down approaches for buy-in as well as bottoms-up. They’re both critical. For us, the bottoms-up was what really helped us take off”.

Mitchell started small, built a community, started training people who were interested, and then launched an enterprise “Data Visualization Challenge”. That challenge is what really got things started. Senior leaders saw what the power of data could really do, and suddenly both analysts and executives were on-board.

Check out the podcast for many other great stories of success, failure, and continued evolution of Mitchell’s self service analytics transformation!

More about Mitchell Grewer

Connect on LinkedIn: /in/mitchellgrewer

Mitchell’s company - Cargill

Twin Cities Tableau User Group - Monthly Meetup

Links and References

Favorite Storyteller or Author - Daniel Arenson

Favorite Blog - Dear Data


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Ep 23 - Renee McGregor - Using Data Literacy to Drive Analytics Adoption

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Data doubters are so important to our Data Literacy
program... They question everything and they add VALUE to the process
— Renee McGregor

We're continuing our "Analytics on the Road" series! This week Dave sits down with Renee McGregor from South Africa Qlik, a partner reseller. Over the past couple years, they've really focused on Data Literacy in Cape Town and it shows! If you look up Google Trends results for "Data Literacy", you'll find that South Africa is one of the top countries. Renee talks about what that looks like and the work they do to improve Data Literacy for their organizations.

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Renee is a native of Cape Town so she’s seen a huge shift in the culture and the opportunities over the years. She believes that Data Literacy can be that “next wave” of opportunity for organizations and people to change the way they live and work.

So what is Data Literacy mean for Renee? “To read, work with, analyze and argue with data” says Renee. It’s important that people really internalize how data affects them and how they can use data to improve their own lives.

Renee has been solving this for organizations all over South Africa. So what’s the secret? “Adoption at the C-level is absolutely necessary to drive a good data culture”. She’s seen successful implementations and failures and it always comes back to leadership.

The other piece that impacts a Data Literacy initiative in an organization? “You need people who have a passion for data and are ready to share it.” Once you have the C-suite aligned, you’ll need key data champions out there on the front-lines sharing the stories, benefits and skills with everyone.

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Renee!

More about Renee McGregor

Connect with Renee on LinkedIn: /in/rene-mcgregor-a76a0930

Renee’s company - South Africa Qlik

Links and References

Data Hero - Jordan Morrow (Head of Data Literacy @ Qlik)

Favorite Storyteller or Author - Joyce Meyer

Organization - Data Literacy Project


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Ep 22 - Lailah & Julia - Empowering South Africans through Open Data

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The government is starting to open some data in South Africa. We need to skill up our citizens on how to access it, how to consume it, and how to use it.
— Julia Renouprez

First, a quick announcement… We’re launching a new series called “Analytics on the Road”!

For those that don’t know, Dave Mathias has been traveling through Africa and Europe the last 3 months. Along the way, he had the chance to meet up with data people from all walks of life. We wanted to share their voices and find commonality and community, learn from them

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He started in Cape Town South Africa where he had the opportunity to speak with Lailah Ryklief and Julia Renouprez from the non-profit organization, Open Up.

At Open Up, they believe that an equal society starts with equal access to information, and that access to relevant information creates an active citizenry. You cannot change something if you don't know what it is, how it works, or that it even exists. Open Up is helping the citizens of South Africa by working with the government to open source their data, and then building tools and skills to make that data available and understandable to the broader population!

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One of the core ways they help citizens in South Africa is through Data Literacy training, helping people understand that the data exists, what kinds of questions they can answer with it, and how to use it through some simple tools.

South Africa has a lot of opportunities for growth. One of the biggest problems they face right now is poverty. Helping people understand where poverty comes from and how it is perpetuated is the first step in reducing the poverty gap.

Teaching people about data also gives them critical skills that they can use to find better jobs, increase their pay, and improve their and their families lives!

More about Lailah & Julia

Connect with Lailah on LinkedIn: in/lailah-ryklief-b6489054
Read Lailah’s Bio: Lailah Ryklief Bio

Connect with Julia on LInkedIn: in/julia-renouprez-9ba25619
Read Julia’s Bio: Julia Renouprez Bio

Links and References

Lailah & Julia’s Non-Profit - Open Up

Julia’s Data Hero - Adi Eyal - Open Up Director

Lailah’s Favorite Book - Forensic Architecture

Julia’s Favorite Book - The Witcher books

Cape Town Communities - Codebridge Meetup

Cape Town Communities - Data Viz Meetup


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