Data Science as a Team Sport: Building a Culture Open to Risk

Data Science as a Team Sport: Building a Culture Open to RiskBy Linda L. Briggs April 26, 2016 At Cisco, Robert J. Lake has turned the popular term “data scientist” on its ear and uses some unusual methods for hiring and managing his team. As the senior manager of data science, he leads a team who does “operational research” but says the group exists to help people make decisions, whatever method that involves — not always traditional data science. Upside: Data scientist is a new term that’s generating a lot of interest now, but you’ve actually been a data scientist for many years without being called that, right? Robert J. Lake: Right. I’ve been working in operational research since 1998. From a skill set point of view, operational research has…


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