The fastest way to doom an Analytics team (and any hope of building a data-driven organization) is to present data and analyses that are often flawed or inconsistent. When people don’t believe they can trust the data, they will stop using them (and, if you are an analytics leader, you might be soon looking for a new job).
People often ask for advice about building out an analytics organization – How to structure the team? What skills to hire for? Do we need engineers? What about data scientists? How big should the team be? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to these questions, because the best analytics team is the one that best supports the organization and its specific needs. To make things even more complicated, A) different organizations have very different needs and B) your organization’s needs today will be very different from its needs in the future. In this post I will discuss some of the different dimensions that are import to evaluate when thinking about how to structure an Analytics team.