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Data Teams

January 14, 2019 5 minute read

Overplanned Analytics Initiatives Are Doomed to Fail

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

One of the most common reasons an organization reaches out to Mode is that they're about to begin investing in analytics, and they want our advice. Sometimes these organizations are only a few months old, sometimes they've been around for decades. No matter how old they are, they all want to transition from being a company that has data to a company that truly uses their data.

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Data Teams

December 4, 2018 10 minute read

How to Develop the Five Soft Skills That Will Make You a Great Analyst

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Derek Steer

CEO

Analysts often assume that the best way to advance their careers or provide more value is to improve their technical chops. While it's true that you need a baseline of technical skills to conduct analysis, most of us need further development of our soft skills rather than further honing of our hard skills.

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Analysis

November 28, 2018 4 minute read

Chess Fans Booed This Year's World Championship, but Computers Cheered

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Joel Carron

Analyst at Mode

The World Chess Championship 2018, a match between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana, just came to a conclusion in London. Since all twelve classical games were drawn, the players entered a tiebreak round, where Carlsen was crowned world champion. This is the first time all classical games have been drawn, and many chess fans expressed disappointment in what seemed to be a “dull” or “bloodless” series of games.

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Analysis

November 2, 2018 2 minute read

Don't Choose Dashboards Over Analysis

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

When we talk to analytics teams about what they're working on and what big projects are coming up, this is a common refrain we hear:

“Right now, we're working on getting data out to people and making sure everyone has the right dashboards. We also want to answer some of the bigger questions that are causing problems for our business, but it's important that people have what they need first.”

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Analysis

October 25, 2018 8 minute read

How to Make Your Product Freemium

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Benn Stancil

Chief Analyst

In case you missed it, we launched a free product earlier this year, Mode Studio.

Free products aren't common in the world of analytics. Even less common, we launched ours after already having built a strong business around a paid product. Quite often in the last six months, we've been asked why we did it.

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General

September 25, 2018 2 minute read

The Role of an Analyst in the Age of the Citizen Data Scientist

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Derek Steer

CEO

Anytime you look for patterns in previous experiences, or make a tradeoff between one option and another, you're analyzing something. This means nearly everyone in the workforce does some sort of analysis every day, every time they make a decision.

The need for hard data to help make these decisions in the workplace gave birth to the idea of an “Analyst” as we know it.

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