Hi, everyone! My name is Basty, and I’m a data scientist and educator from Metro Manila. If there’s something I value so much, that is education. Education has allowed me to not only dive into the amazing world of code and data, but also to encourage and inspire others to do the same. Read more about me here.
Outside of work and school, I love playing video games like Valorant and League of Legends. I also love listening to Broadway musicals (HAMILTON, DEH, TICK TICK BOOM ALL THE WAY!). Lastly, I LOVE watching Friends, New Girl, HIMYM, and The Big Bang Theory.
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Hello there, data enthusiasts! With everyone upskilling to hone their analytical skills, it’s easy to get caught up in our own analytical bubbles. This is also a common pitfall for beginners in data because they think being a data professional is always a solo path. However, with this month’s theme being “We hope you build strong relationships with your fellow students and educators,” let’s debunk that idea and explore a topic that’s often overlooked, but absolutely crucial for success: collaboration. Let’s get started!
Collaboration is the secret sauce that takes our work to the next level. Picture this, a room full of passionate data experts, each with their unique skills and perspectives. When we collaborate, we tap into the power of diversity and bring together a wealth of knowledge. It's like assembling the Avengers of data analysis!
By collaborating with colleagues from different backgrounds, such as statisticians, programmers, and domain experts, we gain fresh insights and uncover blind spots we might have missed on our own. It's a true game-changer! In fact, in the Data Science Fellowship and Data Analytics Bootcamp of Eskwelabs, the program is designed to not only teach you the technical skills, but also how to collaborate with other students because of their grouping system. Each sprint, you will have a project that you and your teammates will decide on how to accomplish it. Whether it be through divide and conquer or to unite and build, collaboration will be at the center of it!
To give you a better glimpse of what that actually looks like, let me use my experience when I was still a fellow in the Data Science Bootcamp.
We’ve always started with defining the problem as a group by brainstorming what possible angles we can look at with the given dataset and its context to the current events in the country. From there, we would distribute the tasks to each one of us to finish faster. One person will do data cleaning, another person will do feature selection, another person will do modeling, and so on. We then converge towards the end to see how everything connects and what story comes out of the analysis. I hope that gave you a glimpse of how data teams work together, as well as what it would be like to be as a fellow in Eskwelabs.
Collaboration isn't just about working with fellow data experts. We also need to build relationships with key stakeholders within our organization. This includes our amazing IT and data engineering teams who ensure smooth data integration, governance, and infrastructure support. Business stakeholders, like product managers and marketing teams, are invaluable partners in our journey. By collaborating closely with them, we align our analyses with the company's strategic goals and deliver actionable insights that drive decision-making.
Here’s a more practical example, let’s say you worked as an editorial assistant in a newspaper company and got promoted to the IT department. By making this transition you will realize how your previous work in editorial will also tie in with the IT department for the digital side of the company.
Now back to a data perspective. Commonly, when a data analyst works alone and dives straight into the analysis, they tend to miss out on the bigger picture. Sometimes their analysis doesn’t even make sense, or worse, it doesn’t get used at all due to lack of communication with key stakeholders. It’s important to collaborate with other departments to ensure that you are on the right track with your analysis. Even a simple act of asking what a certain column in the dataset means rather than assuming it can work wonders for you!
Now that we understand the importance of collaboration, let's dive into some practical strategies to make it happen.
Establishing Trust: Building trust is the foundation of effective collaboration. Data professionals should actively communicate, share knowledge, and demonstrate reliability to establish strong relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
Effective Communication: Clear and concise communication is vital for successful collaboration. Data analysts must articulate technical concepts in a non-technical manner, fostering a shared understanding among diverse stakeholders.
Mutual Learning: Collaboration is an opportunity for mutual learning. Data professionals can learn from the domain expertise of business stakeholders, while stakeholders can gain insights into the possibilities and limitations of data analysis. This mutual learning fosters a collaborative environment and encourages cross-functional innovation.
Being a data analyst or scientist involves much more than working alone with data. And collaborating with fellow data professionals and stakeholders isn't just a nice-to-have; it's a must-have in today's data-driven world. By harnessing the power of collaboration, we can unlock the full potential of our skills, break down silos, and drive meaningful impact within our organizations.
So, my fellow data enthusiasts, let's embrace collaboration, build those relationships, and embark on an incredible journey together. Remember, teamwork makes the data dream work!