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Humans – The Weak Link in your ML / AI Strategy?

By Brian T. O'Neill

In many cases, machine learning needs to be deployed to augment human decision making, not automate it. What are you doing to account for this dependency on the success of your data product?

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By Brian T. O'Neill

Self-reflecting on #BLM, the makeup of my podcast guests to date, racism, and the responsibilities of consultants with platforms and audiences in fighting injustice.

A UI Design Audit of MITRE’s Covid-19 Decision Support Dashboard

By Brian T. O'Neill

I performed a rapid UI/UX and data visualization audit on the MITRE Covid-19 Healthcare Coalition Decision Support Dashboard. Watch it here, and see my recommended design changes the team should make.

$1M spent on a predictive model/data science w/ $0 value and no user engagement?

By Brian T. O'Neill

How to avoid spending 6-8 months on a technically right, effectively wrong model. Are you successful with ML if nobody uses your solution, model, or application?

(6) Ways to Sanitize Your Data Product, Dashboard Visuals or Analytics due to Covid-19

By Brian T. O'Neill

Covid-19 presents a major disruption to our lives and businesses. However, sanitizing your hands isn’t the only thing you data leaders need to be considering. Your data product, dashboards, or UI may also need to be cleaned up. No hard-to-find Clorox wipes needed; just some good design thinking centered around your customers.

UX Designers & Data Scientists: United in Job Misery?

By Brian T. O'Neill

My conversations and research suggest that individual contributor UX designers and data scientists share one thing in common: it’s often a challenge to “get to do the job I was hired for.” People, process, and political roadblocks at every turnβ€”so what can you do about it if this is you? And if you’re managing these people, what are you doing to ensure these people don’t leave?

Empathy & Human-Centered Design in a World with the Coronavirus

By Brian T. O'Neill

It takes more than math and technical skills to develop simple, useful, and usable decision support solutions. It starts with problem clarity, customer empathy and…

Technically Right, Effectively Wrong: Why 85% Data Science Projects Fail

By Brian T. O'Neill

It takes more than math and technical skills to develop simple, useful, and usable decision support solutions. It starts with problem clarity, customer empathy and…

10 human reasons your data product or solution may fail

By Brian T. O'Neill

It takes more than math and technical skills to develop simple, useful, and usable decision support solutions. It starts with problem clarity, customer empathy and…