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6 Characteristics Of Data-Driven Rock Stars

Learn what traits to look for in data-savvy movers and shakers, from data scientists and business analysts to executives, managers, and even employees.
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They Understand Data 
Of course data-driven rock stars are expected to have a keener understanding of data than their peers, but what exactly does that mean? Whether a data scientist or a business professional, the person should know where the data came from, the quality of it, the reliability of it, and what methods can be used to analyze it, appropriate to the person's role in the company. 
How they use numbers is also telling. Rather than presenting a single number to 'prove' that a certain course of action is the right one, a data-driven rock star is more likely to compare the risks and benefits of alternative courses of action so business leaders can make more accurate decisions.
''Forty-two' is not a good answer,' said Wolfgang Kliemann, associate VP for research at Iowa State University. ''Forty-two, under the following conditions and with a probability of 1.2% chance that something else may happen,' is a better answer.'
(Image: FeeLoona via Pixabay)

They Understand Data

Of course data-driven rock stars are expected to have a keener understanding of data than their peers, but what exactly does that mean? Whether a data scientist or a business professional, the person should know where the data came from, the quality of it, the reliability of it, and what methods can be used to analyze it, appropriate to the person's role in the company.

How they use numbers is also telling. Rather than presenting a single number to "prove" that a certain course of action is the right one, a data-driven rock star is more likely to compare the risks and benefits of alternative courses of action so business leaders can make more accurate decisions.

"'Forty-two' is not a good answer," said Wolfgang Kliemann, associate VP for research at Iowa State University. "'Forty-two, under the following conditions and with a probability of 1.2% chance that something else may happen,' is a better answer."

(Image: FeeLoona via Pixabay)

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