Sometimes, we don’t know the answer. But don’t knock us off the pedestal quite yet. While we might not know the answer off-hand, we know how to get it. Often-times we make it look easy, especially when we have tools as powerful as Qlik products, but most often, the biggest time spent is the time it takes our brains to come up with the best approach. Bear with us.
Our job is to know things. Many times that means people come to us with question about almost anything, analytics-related or not! We sometimes become traffic cops, directing people to resources, people, and tools that answer their question instead of answering ourselves – but we don’t mind and are happy to help.
We are that person in a job interview that lists their weakness as “I’m too much of a perfectionist.” Our commitment to accuracy and integrity may be why people trust us, but we might also need a nudge from time to time to sacrifice perfect for the sake of “good enough.”
We sometimes feel left out. Many times, analytics and performance measurement at organizations is an afterthought when beginning a new project or initiative. Therefore, the ability to measure it and ultimately, decision-making altogether, can pay the price. Get us involved in the planning stages of your project and you’ll have a more successful project or business unit and a friend for life.
Phew! Glad I got that off my chest. One more confession: I shared the above list to give you a preview into the inner-psyche of your friendly neighborhood analyst, but also to learn how to best partner with them to maximize your chance of success. Remember to follow your intuition, always find a use for BI even if you have a great native tool, give them a little time to think through the problem and find the best solution but still urge them along when needed, and bring them on board as early as possible.
What confessions do you have in your day-to-day life as an analyst? Leave them in the comments below.