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Writing DAG

Sometimes writing is hard and other times it's downright impossible. Stack the odds in your favor with a writing system. Writing is not one skill. It's more than stringing words together. You need to research, outline, draft, edit, edit, edit, and share. A common failure mode is attempting to cram

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One-Way or Two-Way Doors

Benn Stancil wrote about measuring analytics success [https://benn.substack.com/p/method-for-measuring-analytical-work] by speed of decisions made - not the outcome of the decision. Tristan Handy followed up in the Analytics Engineering Roundup [https://roundup.getdbt.com/p/decision-speed-and-one-way-doors] like a true analyst. He added a caveat. Tristan cited

One-Way or Two-Way Doors
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DPIM Framework: Bundling Better Infra, People, Models, and Data

I cannot stop thinking about this tweet.

It has been tumbling around

DPIM Framework: Bundling Better Infra, People, Models, and Data
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Data’s Secret Sauce

There’s a barrier to sharing your analysis beyond the  four firewalls of your company’s network. It’s private. It’s sensitive. Some even say looking at an internal analysis is to peer into a company’s soul [https://benn.substack.com/p/chasing-ghosts]. Finding a way to be

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Open Book Analytics

The data field is changing. People in the industry feel it. It’s an exciting time, but difficult to explain exactly why. Several people have shared their takes, but no one seems to fully capture what our profession is experiencing today. Is this momentum coming from another rebranding of data

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Analytics Crafting a Way Forward

There is a developing train of thought in the analytics hive mind. It has been rolling us towards approaching our work as a craft - not a sterile set of empirical technical tools. At first glance, this idea doesn’t fit the narrative. Analysts are hard on the numbers and

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Analytics: The Mixed Bag

Analytics has a branding problem. The industry is stretched thin. The careers blur org lines. The craft has a cluttered workbench. The results are muddled. Yet, there is no place I would rather be. Analytics: the industry You will not find “Analytics” in a SIC code search. It does not

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Peter Diamonds: Inspiring Abundance

I was trying to recall the first time I heard of Peter Diamandis. I remember seeing him award the Ansari X Prize to the SpaceShipOne team on the news as I chewed on some Popeyes chicken. Five years later, my dad told me about a new school, Singularity University, Co-founded

Peter Diamonds: Inspiring Abundance
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Mysterious to Miraculous: Introducing the 3Ms of Comprehension

> The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility… The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle. - Albert Einstein The world is full of mysteries and miracles! Mysteries come in all sizes. They can stand for centuries, like finding the proof for the Riemann Hypothesis. Most are innocent,

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There is always a silly simple question

Look, we all get asked those silly simple questions that make us roll our eyes. Why can’t they do it themselves? What they are asking is so obvious. It may even feel beneath us to do what they need at this point in our careers. Or if they really