Proficiency v. Creativity

Your data team has to produce solid data. The pipelines have to run, the logic in your transformations has to be sound, and the report has to show accurate revenue. Those fundamentals are hard to argue with. But if that’s all you’re doing, your team is probably bored and your organization definitely isn’t getting as much value as it could out of its data.
Open-ended creative work is a huge part of the appeal of working in this field - identifying opportunities to improve processes, appeal to new customers, or build better products adds value for the organization, but it is also just incredibly personally satisfying. One of the fundamental challenges of managing a data team is balancing the need for rigor and reliability with the team’s desire to spend most of their time creating new knowledge. How do we manage those sometimes conflicting priorities?

This is an exploration of a topic that I've never thought deeply about although is absolutely a tension I've experienced. Another fantastic post by Caitlin Moorman.


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