Creating a Data-Driven Organization
Practical Advice from the Trenches
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2015
Pages: 302

What do you need to become a data-driven organization? Far more than having big data or a crack team of unicorn data scientists, it requires establishing an effective, deeply-ingrained data culture. This practical book shows you how true data-drivenness involves processes that require genuine buy-in across your company, from analysts and management to the C-Suite and the board.

Through interviews and examples from data scientists and analytics leaders in a variety of industries, author Carl Anderson explains the analytics value chain you need to adopt when building predictive business models—from data collection and analysis to the insights and leadership that drive concrete actions. You’ll learn what works and what doesn’t, and why creating a data-driven culture throughout your organization is essential.

  • Start from the bottom up: learn how to collect the right data the right way
  • Hire analysts with the right skills, and organize them into teams
  • Examine statistical and visualization tools, and fact-based story-telling methods
  • Collect and analyze data while respecting privacy and ethics
  • Understand how analysts and their managers can help spur a data-driven culture
  • Learn the importance of data leadership and C-level positions such as chief data officer and chief analytics officer
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This is a must-read for Chief Data Officers!

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    Comments about oreilly Creating a Data-Driven Organization:

    Carl does a awesome job of explaining what makes up a data-driven organization covering topics like data curation, prioritization, organizational design, and culture. A must-read for leaders who are building an organization that operates on data.

     
    4.0

    Good read

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      Comments about oreilly Creating a Data-Driven Organization:

      For a relatively short book this packs and summarises key features we would seek to achieve in a data driven organisation.
      For the experienced it provides good examples and discussion points.
      For practitioners or lead managers the book provides frameworks and check lists.
      This was quick read to refresh familiar terratory, but one I shall use repeatedly.

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      5.0

      Well written, easy to grasp.

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        Comments about oreilly Creating a Data-Driven Organization:

        I really enjoyed reading this book. The best thing I liked about it is the chronology of each chapter. I was nodding my head in agreement over the content and learnt quite a bit.

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        Real-world insights for creating data-driven culture

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          Comments about oreilly Creating a Data-Driven Organization:

          Practical advice, in a conversational style. A great resource for real-world examples and highlights of current management research. The chapter on creating the right culture is a good reminder that leadership and transparency are must-haves.

          The book isn't so much about how to make decisions, as about how to create an environment where decision makers are open to new ideas, and to testing those ideas with data-driven insights. Because without ideas and evidence, what's the point of a good decision process?

          Although the scope is quite broad, Anderson offers thoughtful organization, and groups the chapters usefully.

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