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Recent Articles by Brian

From a data scientist on Medium: “It’s easy to not understand your customer’s needs.”

By Brian O'Neill

So a guy walks into a bar and starts talking about unsupervised learning… Ok, not quite. Well actually, where I live in Cambridge, MA, that’s not really so improbable 😉 I found this article on Medium interesting, written by a data scientist … Read moreFrom a data scientist on Medium: “It’s easy to not understand your customer’s needs.”

It’s the translation that makes your data sing – what song are you singing?

By Brian O'Neill

Some of you probably know by now that I’m also a musician, and this includes composing for my instrumental jazz/chamber music quintet. What does this have to do with translation of your data? When I talk about data in on … Read moreIt’s the translation that makes your data sing – what song are you singing?

How to solicit *real* needs from users via UX research interviews

By Brian O'Neill

Readers of DFA know that I’m big on not immediately giving customers what they asked for, and instead asking the question “why” to learn what the real latent customer needs are. And for you internal analytics folks, remember your employees, … Read moreHow to solicit *real* needs from users via UX research interviews

The Easiest Way to Simplify Your Product or Solution’s Design

By Brian O'Neill

Ok, you probably know this one, but let’s dig in a little farther. I recently started to explore using the TORBrowser when surfing on public wi-fi for more security (later finding out that using a VPN, and not TOR, is … Read moreThe Easiest Way to Simplify Your Product or Solution’s Design

(8) invisible design problems that are business problems

By Brian O'Neill

Today’s insight was originally inspired by a newsletter I read from Stephen Anderson on designing for comprehension, and I felt like this could be expanded on for analytics practitioners and people working on data products. One of the recurring themes … Read more(8) invisible design problems that are business problems

What internal analytics practitioners can learn from analytics “products” (like SAAS)

By Brian O'Neill

When I work on products that primarily exist to display analytics information, I find most of them fall into roughly four different levels of design maturity: The best analytics-driven products give actionable recommendations or predictions written in prose telling a user what … Read moreWhat internal analytics practitioners can learn from analytics “products” (like SAAS)

My reactions to the Chief Data Officer, Fall 2017 conference summary

By Brian O'Neill

I ran into a an article about the Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Fall conference that summarized some of the key takeaways at the previous year’s conference. One paragraph in the article stuck out to me: … The Great Dilemma – Product … Read moreMy reactions to the Chief Data Officer, Fall 2017 conference summary

How can you possibly design your service effectively without these?

By Brian O'Neill

I’m working with a large, household-name technology company right now on a large project, and they struggle with one of the same things so many of my clients struggle with. Today’s topic is articulating use cases and goals in an … Read moreHow can you possibly design your service effectively without these?

Reader questions answered: “what are your top concerns designing for analytics?”

By Brian O'Neill

Today I want to respond to a reader who answered a previous email I sent you all about your top concerns designing for analytics. Here’s Évans’ email: +++++ In analytics, it’s not like a CRUD [Create-Read-Update-Delete] with a simple wizard-like workflow (Input … Read moreReader questions answered: “what are your top concerns designing for analytics?”