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14 Oct 2021

Getting buy-in to adopt new tools

Paul Ditterline

Director of Data Science, Heaven Hill
The mechanics of a great data science team–the importance of small wins, ways to manage key performance indicators (KPIs), and adopting new tools within a team.
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Episode notes

The Data Science Hangout is a weekly, free-to-join open conversation for current and aspiring data science leaders. An accomplished leader in the space will join us each week and answer whatever questions the audience may have.


We were recently joined by Paul Ditterline, Director of Data Science at Heaven Hill Brands.


A few snippets:

27:06 – Small wins when implementing new tools

30:23 – How to prioritize KPIs

33:57 – Communicate what you’re doing and why

35:39 – Getting buy-in to adopt new tools

39:24 – How often to revise a model in production

41:56 – Tips to be a better leader

50:36 – How to kick off the conversation to get approval to use R/Python

56:37 – When and why to use code-based over non-code-based tools


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