FINDING THE RIGHT CREW
The term “Data Scientist” has received relatively recent media coverage. This function existed before this appellation, wherever data needed to be managed and analysed. So, if you want to build a specific data team, you must know that it is not just a matter of hiring the best data scientists. It is also about making the best use of the skills of the employees who are already present in the company, whether they have received dedicated training in data science or otherwise. They can add their knowledge of processes and people to guide the team and ensure that it remains in direct contact with all business lines and real business goals.
One question now may come to mind: How do we hire the right people?
As we develop machine learning skills, we must ensure that the group and people do not become disconnected from the business. We are looking for people who will produce “the magic” and help develop a data-driven project mindset. Still, we must ensure that the people involved do not “innovate” in the wrong direction and work in areas that are not of value to the rest of the organisation.
After having taken care of this potential problem, it is then all about getting the right balance. In general, the most successful data science teams – and one could even say, in general, the people who are most successful in their professional life – know how to find a harmonious balance between the pleasure of doing the work and the concrete expression of their creativity, while carefully weighing the risks and rewards involved in such an approach.