Building a Data Practice from Scratch

The author is currently in the process of building a data team from scratch at Sawyer; this post is about his recommendations if you find yourself in the same shoes. Key recommendations:

  • Don’t worry about making things fancy. Do the simplest thing that works now.
  • Keep an eye on how things will scale, but rein in your impulses to optimize them. Analytics should be lean and agile, too.
  • Documentation, transparency, and reproducibility are interrelated and fundamental. Start good habits in these areas now, but expect to iterate on them and change how things are done as the organization matures and grows.

The entire post is great.


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