Helping analytics professionals fine-tune their skills and effectively communicate with non-technical decision makers.
While being able to communicate and deliver data-driven insights to a non-technical individual—what I call “softer skills”—is essential for data and analytics professionals, it is not often formally addressed in traditional academic curriculums. Regardless how great the results of analytical research, the data isn’t nearly as valuable if you lack the skills to convey conclusions that translate into real business decisions or actions for key decision-makers in your organization.
Well-rounded analytics professionals are highly skilled in both worlds, understanding and communicating data, and are constantly improving their analytical and communication techniques. Whether you’re an operations research (O.R.) or analytics professional on a career trajectory, or a team leader at an organization incorporating continuing education into your employee development programs, enhancing skills and introducing new concepts through education is vital to data scientists.
INFORMS, the leading international association for operations research and analytics professionals, offers its Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects workshop taught by Dr. Patrick Noonan, former professor of analytics and associate dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. This intensive hands-on, workshop explores the concept of “structured problem solving” and provides participants with practical frameworks to go from ISSUE to ACTION. It combines approaches for analytical and creative problem solving, strategies for communicating and persuading, and processes for managing projects and working in teams.
By the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to better apply their subject matter expertise to complex, real-world problems, and effectively communicate their findings. Participants will also learn best practice techniques for analytical and creative problem solving, strategies for communicating and persuading, and processes for managing projects and working in teams.
“Essential Practice Skills provided a two-day course in ‘softer skills’ not commonly taught in academic programs: client interaction, problem-structuring, problem decomposition, qualitative methodology, developing work plans, managing work, validating findings, and sculpting communication of results” says Thomas W. Chesnutt, CAP, of A & N Technical Services, Inc. “I found deep insights and structured processes that can be directly applied to my current practice. Highly recommended.”
Who should attend?
This course is ideal for anyone looking to improve and advance their analytics career – participants learn and hone the skills they need to turn analytical insights into organizational actions that drive innovation, growth, and efficiency. Past participants have come from a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, finance, transportation, and have titles ranging from CFOs and Data Scientists, Research Analysts, Business Intelligence Professionals, Academic Program Directors and more. It is offered several times throughout the year around the United States and can be delivered on-site for the benefit of an entire organization.
“Irrespective of your level of experience, this is an excellent course that will improve your ability to target the right problems, effectively manage an analytics team, and successfully communicate to a client. Well done and value-added!” says Dr. Chuck Noon of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
INFORMS’ Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects workshop helps provide best practice techniques and practical frameworks for addressing real-world problems. The next public course will be announced here as well as on the INFORMS Website. Additionally, INFORMS will bring the course to an organization that wishes to provide this workshop to an entire team through its Enterprise On-site program. Several large Fortune 100 companies have chosen this option, which saves time and travel costs for large groups.
Bill Griffin is the Continuing Education Program Manager at INFORMS with 20 years’ experience working in academic testing, industry certification, and higher education management.