#57: Three Must Read Data and Analytics Books with Tim Harford, Zhamak Dehghani, and Brent Dykes

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It is once again that time of year when our host, Cindi Howson shares her favorite data and analytics book recommendations. In this special annual episode, we feature three of the industry’s top data writers, thinkers, and fellow podcasters. Tim Harford comes to the conversation with his new book, The Data Detective, and big-picture ideas about how traits like curiosity serve data scientists so well. Zhamak Dehghani shares her concept of The Data Mesh, especially as it relates to sharing data across business verticals. Finally, in his book, Effective Data Storytelling, Brent Dykes compels readers to think carefully about the way they craft the message or narrative around the data they’re interpreting. 

Tune in to learn:

  • Making sense of the world through a data lens with Tim Harford (05:18)
  • Tim’s favorite of the ten data commandments (07:11)
  • Guard against using data as a control mechanism (15:14)
  • How does curiosity create a healthier relationship with data? (19:57) 
  • Data Mesh with Zhamak Dehghani (32:31)
  • Blending centralized and decentralized schools of thought (36:39)
  • Data Mesh isn’t for everyone (48:11)
  • How do you begin your data mesh transformation? (53:28)
  • Brent Dykes and the importance of data storytelling (1:02:17)
  • Why do data scientists need to be better communicators? (1:11:13)
  • The Venn diagram of data storytelling (1:15:14)



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