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11 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Applying The Spotify Model to your data strategy, with Jason Foster
Traditional organisational structures that have functional skills, such as data engineering and data science, where the baton is passed between teams who are responsible for only their part of the process often hinders progress. In this episode host, Jason Foster discusses lessons learned from a model designed and honed at Spotify to put in place cross-functional, multi-disciplined teams who are focused on business outcomes.
36 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Using Data in the Public Sector, with Pye Nyunt
In this episode, Jason talks to Pye Nyunt, Head of Innovation at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It is a local authority that services about 213,000 people in the East London region. For local governments that work closely with so many different people on a daily basis, data is often part of the solution. They discuss how data is used in council areas to improve the outcomes governed by current legislation and policies.
19 minutes | May 27, 2021
Data is not the new oil, with Jason Foster
In this episode host, Jason Foster, argues that the metaphor ‘data is the new oil’ shouldn’t be used as it comes with such negative connotations and is ineffective at explaining the value of data in organisations. He uses a balanced argument to explain the reasons the metaphor does work and the longer list of reasons it doesn’t work as an analogy. He also puts right how The Economist is misrepresented in an article it wrote in 2017 where it's said that this phrase was created and spawned.
32 minutes | May 20, 2021
Embedding data to drive the growth of Gousto, with Rob Barham
In this episode, host Jason Foster, talks to Rob Barham, Director of Data at Gousto, about how they embed data into everything they do. They discuss what a data native business looks like, how data plays a part in Gousto’s growth ambitions and culturally how this manifests itself across the organisation. They explore how they are set up and work cross-functionally to ensure effort is focussed on business outcomes and that data acts as a value-creating capability.
9 minutes | May 13, 2021
Data - Art vs Science, with Jason Foster
In this episode, host Jason Foster, considers whether art or science plays the most important part in creating a data-guided organisation. He talks about the influence art has on the success and failure of data science strategies and the right blend to achieve positive outcomes. What's more important art or science in your data strategy?
29 minutes | May 6, 2021
Using data to strengthen relationships with external stakeholders, with Viktor Kazinec
In this episode Jason talks to Viktor Kazinec, Head of Analytics at Close Brothers, to discuss the value of working closely with external stakeholders on data science solutions. They discuss how to choose data projects that can prove and add value, the success drivers of a team, managing and gaining buy-in from internal and external stakeholders, and creating high-performing data science teams.
13 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
The art of reflection: do look in the rearview mirror, with Jason Foster
The data industry has regular rhetoric that you shouldn’t look backward or run reports that look at what happened (descriptive analytics). This has led people to believe that this panacea exists where you are able to have your business strategy prescribed to you by data (prescriptive analytics). In this episode, host Jason Foster, argues why looking backward is a vital ingredient for your data strategy and how this practice helps you to improve personal and business performance.
32 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Understanding DataOps and its role in data strategy, with Rob Kellaway
In this episode Jason talks to Rob Kellaway, the Head of DataOps at Legal and General Investment Management about the role of DataOps for data strategy. They discuss how the role of DataOps should be to operationalise and increase the value and efficiency of data as it moves through the pipeline. They also explore how the governance surrounding your data strategy should be lightweight and productive, rather than governance for governance sake. Trimming down your plan of execution and finding ways of making the process more efficient is where the important role of DataOps steps in. Listen to find out more.
21 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Data Means Business: the story behind the bestselling book for business leaders, with Jason Foster and Barry Green
Our host, Jason Foster along with Barry Green were looking to give leaders the tools they needed to start changing the narrative on data and have it focused on what really matters – economic, business, organisational and societal outcomes. They got together, authored and published ‘Data Means Business’, a highly rated and best selling book. In this episode, they discuss the book, the process they went through to go from the gem of an idea to a published best selling book, why they felt there was a gap for this kind of book and some of the key topics, concepts and frameworks.
35 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
How to utilise DataOps to improve the performance of Data Teams
In this episode, Jason sits down with the founder of Data Kitchen, Christopher Bergh (otherwise known as the ‘Head Chef’) to discuss the importance of DataOps, and how this can be translated to improving the performance of technical data teams. They discuss how imperfect action can be better than delaying your delivery…only to find out it has flaws. Shorter delivery time and the importance of continuous feedback are also covered.
11 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Vanity, Sanity, Reality: Whats really important for your data strategy, with Jason Foster
It’s easy to have the wrong priorities, focus on the latest technology trend, the next big thing and what bubbles up into the mainstream press when implementing a data strategy. In this episode host, Jason Foster talks about what’s actually important to focus on to ensure your data strategy delivers real value.
37 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
The importance of data and technology in finance transformation, with Grant Deans
In this episode Jason talks to Grant Deans, a finance transformation specialist, on the role of data and analytics during finance transformation. They discuss how transformation shouldn’t have an end goal, instead a series of short sprints to enable people to remain agile and adapt when needed. They cover why data is so essential during transformation, where the FP&A team should sit in relation to the finance department and the type of skills needed in a modern finance department.
9 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Building a data guided business: the change imperative, with Jason Foster
In this episode, Jason Foster explores the increasing imperative of being able to build an organisational culture that is guided by data and the lessons that can be learned from organisations that have re-written the rule book to flip the script and drive transformational change in their industry.
28 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Modelling financial unknowns during a crisis with Margarita Pineda-Ucero
During uncertain times, you need to be able to do the best with the information you have and be ready to pivot as necessary. You won’t get your risk modelling 100% accurate the first time, but if you have a plan to intervene and adapt as necessary you will be a lot further along than if you wait for technology to catch up and produce ’perfect data. In this episode host, Jason Foster talks to business transformation and risk management expert, Margarita Pineda-Ucero, about how you model financial unknowns during these uncertain times.
9 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
What’s the correct planning horizon for your data strategy?
In this episode, host Jason Foster discusses planning horizons for your data strategy. With so much uncertainty, change, movement in people behaviour, adjustments in business strategy and long-tail world events it’s normal to wonder over what period you should plan your strategy. How can you be sure of a short, mid and long term plan when everything might change tomorrow?
36 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Developing and retaining data and analytics talent, with Paul Ravenscroft
In this episode, Jason talks to Paul Ravenscroft, about his learnings of building data and analytics teams over the last 10 years at Boots, Walgreens Boots Alliance and now at Pets at Home as Head of Loyalty and CRM Analytics. They discuss the challenges of recruitment, development and retention of top data analytics talent and ensuring the job profile and the reality of the job are well aligned. They consider the importance of interesting and challenging work and doing all you can to make the work rewarding. Paul also talks through his approach to managing around having a scarce market of people that fit the role profile perfectly and how he has dealt with that situation. A fascinating talk for anyone involved with building and growing data teams.
7 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Interlude: a brief thanks to our listeners
In this short episode, Jason reflects on why he set up this podcast, the value he was hoping to deliver through it and an announcement about the upcoming additions to the schedule. This is the original business focussed data podcast and Jason is keen to continually add value to his audience. He thanks everyone for their contributions from listeners, to guests, to those that have given such positive feedback.
28 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Using data to grow an eCommerce business, with Ed Child
In this episode, Jason talks to Ed Child, the Head of Enterprise Data and Insights at a fast-growing eCommerce business, Studio Retail. They talk through the success Studio have had through lockdown in 2020 and explore the strategic role data is playing and will play in driving further growth. They also look at the journey Ed has been on to define, get approval and deliver success of his data strategy. They look at Ed’s own personal journey into data leadership through brands like Asda and Walmart.
32 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
The hustle of the CDO, with Cara Dailey
In this episode, Jason talks to the Chief Data Officer at Silicon Valley Bank, Cara Dailey, about the importance of the first 100 days in post and the level of hustle needed to carve your role and strategy. They discuss what to focus on, what to de-prioritise and how to generate momentum behind the data strategy and transformation journey. They talk about selling the why, getting investment, building relationships, winning hearts and minds, creating believers and the need to pay for the data and tech sins of the past.
35 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Lessons on becoming a Chief Data Officer, with Ashley Brinegar
In this episode Jason talks to Ashley Brinegar, the Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Timet, about her experiences on becoming a CDO and how her background in engineering, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, agile methodologies and as a data consumer formed the context and foundation to become a modern data leader. They explore how she educates, and leads her organisation and team to bring data, technology and business outcomes closer together. They discuss her approach to defining and delivering the data strategy, treating data as a product, her biggest challenges and how she has used the data leaders global networks, including the CDO hub, to raise her own game and continue learning.
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