6 ways to become a data hero

6 ways to become a data hero

Data heroes are the icons of this generation of business.

They drive innovation by delivering a data-first operating culture within their company- and look damn good doing it.

Here’s 6 ways you can become one.

1. Transcend Politics

To fully assess the scope and velocity of the project to become data-driven, it’s important to understand the current appetite for change within the company.

So, identify who will champion change and who will resist it.

Use this information to detect road blocks early and tailor meaningful business cases to key stakeholders.

2. Befriend Privacy and Security

The Privacy and Security team are key allies in the quest for data progress.

They help data heroes define context and understand how to build a persuasive business case that speaks the intricate language of compliance.

While vigilantism may work for their comic book counterparts, life is easiest for data heroes when they operate inside of the rules. Unambiguously.

3. Be Human

Not everyone you deal with will have a data background.

Instead of firing off a litany of data science lingo in order to sound credible, imagine yourself as a translator, bridging the gap between different languages.

Better yet, be a storyteller. Spin a data-enriched yarn in an inside voice to keep stress levels down and imaginations piqued at every stage of the project.

4. Socialise the project

In the quest to become data-driven, great minds think alike.

Share your work with your colleagues. You might actually find other divisions have similar needs and joining together multiple roads to ROI is absolutely invaluable.

Recently, we saved a client a lot of money simply by talking about our work with other divisions of the business. It turned out work we had already completed for one department was exactly what another was about to pay a lot of money for.

We saved them an upwards of $1.5 million paying for work that had already been done.

 5. Know when and how to simplify

Make the output user friendly.

We’ve seen data teams deliver incredible insights that are so complex that they are not “user friendly”.

Even if the data is amazing and revolutionary — if everyone can’t understand it — then it’s a fail. Use visualisation, infographics, dashboards and story telling to help your peers learn how to benefit from the data.

Simplify, but make sure you don’t sacrifice the essence of the insight.

6. Sharing is caring

Driving a data-first operating culture requires transparency and sharing. It’s about making the data available to all–empowering everyone to ask questions and get answers quickly.

Use simple tools and simple providers to distribute data throughout a business.

Human Support

Through strategic solutions and exceptional customer care, Lexer helps companies embrace a data-first operating culture. Our team consists of blue-chip business, marketing and data professionals ready to help you on your quest for data glory.

For more information on becoming the next big data hero, drop us a line at hello@lexer.io– we’ll reply quick-smart.