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Implementing Software Development Practices on a Data Team

Typography PowerEver been frustrated that delivering on a project seemed to take forever? Do requirements change out from under you on a frequent basis? Are you tired of having a team member stomp on a day's worth of work by overwriting your file on the file server? Have you ever lost hours of work because your computer unexpectedly took a hiatus?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions you and your data team could benefit by implementing software development practices.
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My Exact Morning Routine Step-By-Step (feel free to copy, modify or comment)

Morning MistOver the past few years my morning routine has changed due to where we live, family responsibilities, where I'm working, and all the things I need to get done any given day. What began as simply checking my email while eating breakfast has morphed into an elaborate yet very structured method of measurements, weight training, supplements, healthy eating, email checking, seeing my family, 30+ minutes of reading each morning, and more.

Don't think a morning routine will work for you? Richard Branson says it's crucial to his success: [Read more…]

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Examples of Data Pipelines You Can Build Today

PipelineOver the past few months I started hearing the term “data pipeline” more and more at the local data meetups. Curious as to just what that meant, I looked it up. In this post I'm going to tell you what I found, and more importantly provide real-world examples of data pipelines you can use for your data projects. [Read more…]

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What Will You Do With All Your Spare Time?

Photo courtesy of Frank M. RafikDo you ever wish there were more than 24 hours in a day? Do you end your day feeling like you didn't get enough accomplished, and that your to do list is even larger than it was when the day started? If so, you need more time in your day. “Well duh Rob,” you say, “I can't freaking control time!” While that's true, we can't control time, there are specific things we can do to reclaim it and put it to more productive use. [Read more…]

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Upcoming Webinar: How to Choose a Data Science Tool

ChooseJoin me on November 16th, 2015 at 1:00 PM (New York) and 10 AM (California), for a free webinar – How to Choose a Data Science Tool.

On this webinar you’ll discover:

  • The four phases of selecting the tool that’s right for you and your team
  • 10 key points to consider before you start your evaluation
  • Tips on how to perform your research so you don’t waste your time during the evaluation phase
  • How best to structure your time during the evaluation to keep productivity high and have the time you need to really test the tools

By attending the webinar you’ll receive:

  1. A recording of the webinar
  2. A one-page checklist to use during your evaluation
  3. A presentation template you can use to help “sell” your tool of choice to management

Click here to sign up today >>

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Is Your Scale Telling You The Truth?

Photo courtesy of JD Hancock

A-salt-ed by JD HancockWhen I began measuring my weight everyday I began to notice a trend. My family and I would go out to eat at least once over the weekend, and when I weighed myself on Monday, I seemed to have gained a few pounds! This would stress me out to no end, until Tuesday morning when I seemed to lose the extra weight and more. If this is happening to you don't freak out – there's a one-word explanation for it – salt. [Read more…]

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I’m Not Crazy, I’m a Multipotentialite

Many ThingsFor many years I've known that I'm different from other people; after all, not everyone will haul off at 21 with no experience and start a business. During a recent existential crisis – something that seems to happen to me every 12-18 months – I came to fully accept that I'm simply different, and that's okay.

Yesterday I came to understand just what's going on with me – I'm not crazy, I'm a multipotentialite. [Read more…]

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9 Keys to Dieting Without Having Joy Sucked Out of Life

Kids Hate BroccoliOver the past two years I've tried many things to both lose weight and gain muscle. I've tried various diets, tried eating a little bit, tried eating a lot, ate mostly meat, etc. After two years of experimentation here's what's helped me (continue to) lose weight, gain muscle, and enjoy the process. [Read more…]

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Create a Simple Python Web Scraper to Get Pricing Data

Python LogoThere are many methods in Python to create a web scraper. One of the simplest is using a combination of the built-in requests library (to obtain web pages) and the Beautiful Soup library (to parse the pages and extract data). With my book – Python Business Intelligence Cookbook – being published soon, I was curious how, or if, the pricing my publisher sets changes over time. In order to track it, I created a simple web scraper. Code below… [Read more…]

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Python Business Intelligence Cookbook Pre-Order Offer

I know how hard it can be to take what you read in a book, especially a data science book, and apply it to the data you have to work with. I want to save you that experience.

Python Business Intelligence CookbookIf you pre-order my upcoming book – Python Business Intelligence Cookbook – you'll receive a metric ton of bonus materials and resources that will help you take what you learn in the book, and apply it to your data. Specifically, when you pre-order, you'll receive:

  • Pre-webinar videos
  • A seat at the two-hour live webinar
  • Business intelligence project checklist
  • List of additional resources
  • 30-days of post-release email Q&A

Learn more about the book and this offer at pythonbicookbook.com.

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