Collaboration and Freedom Key to Data Science Solutions

Collaboration and Freedom Key to Data Science SolutionsBy Linda L. Briggs April 27, 2016 “A lot of people focus on technical skills. I’m really much more interested in soft skills,” says Cisco’s Robert J. Lake, who uses some unusual approaches in managing his diverse and highly successful team of data scientists. In the first part of this two-part interview, he described the three key skills he looks for when hiring — a passion to learn, a willingness to take risks, and an insatiable desire to solve problems. Also, in an industry often dominated by men, Lake’s team is half female. He doesn’t purposefully hire that way, he says, but “when you look for the right people, it’s amazing how diverse they happen to be.” Upside: It’s interesting that when you…


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